Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Živi muzej Krasa / Karst Living Museum near Lipica
Nature's Forma Viva - Open Air Stone Sculpture Workshop
Ludvikova učna pot / Ludvik Educational Trail

March 13 and 17, 2019, 90 pictures

          Most images are approximately 768 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of the picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. Some stone form names are taken from the official sources, including Ludvik Husu's descriptions, where none provided they were given by the author. Names of the event participants depicted in the pictures and related living beings: Ludvik Husu, Claudio Bratos, Klemen Braniselj on the Lipizzan horse from the Conversano Betalka clan.

          Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok 2019 except LH_2013_01_18_12_55_41, where the credits go to Ludvik Husu.

43283. A lifelong passion for caves and karst - Ludvik, a native from the nearby Orlek, the expert trail guide. He scouted the trail, its highlights in 2002.



43595. Ludvik Educational Trail is a collection of natural stone phenomena, located between Sežana, Lipica in the Slovenian-Italian border. Several of them are marked by a marble prism ...



43596. ... such as this one at Kamniti gobi / Two Stone Mushrooms ...



43597. ... here both depicted with Ludvik.



43598. The eastern one is bigger and more pronounced.



43599. One of the many collapse dolines in the area - rarely all sides are vertical, usually just one as in the depicted one.



43600. View of an old track, fenced with dry walls of stones, collected during the cleaning of meadows to the left and to the right.



43601. A poster with photos and descriptions of the educational trail karst phenomena, including the rather humbly mentioned name of the trail. To get it in full resolution click on the picture.



43603. Corner of the dry wall stone fence with a slight canopy-like extension to make a provisional shelter.



43604. Large round rock on a pedestal



43607. A stone wall called Žlebi / Gutters, after ...



43605. ... very pronounced karst form with the same name.



43606. Window in the wall, view east-west



43608. Another opening at the southern rim of the wall, view west-east ...



43609.... and east-west, with Ludvik



43610. A Stone couple, with an ivy hat and a juniper bouquet at the feet ...



43611. ... here in a closer through-view ...



43617. ... and here as seen from the other side, from the south



43612 - 43614. A panoramic view of a large stone structure, Grad / Castle, view from the southwest



43615. A turban hat on a pedestal



43616. Sphynx, a stone with small gutters on top and corroded parallel cracks at the bottom



43618. Sphere



43620. Grandpa with a Hat, Ludvik



43623. Rip - corrosionally widened side crack



43624. Some holes in the rock collect enough earth to harbour new life.



43626. A stone child between two very large grown ups ...



43627. ... here up close



43625. A view out from this "slot canyon"



43628. Trio of young oaks



43629. A stone Octopus



43630. Another elaborate stone fence corner



43631. Rock heap with crocodile's head at the top side



43632. Crocodile Head up close



43633. A wooden meadow gate, as they used to be before the tractor era.



43635. Deep-holed rock



43637. Ludvik in one more stone shepherd shelter, also called shepherd's hut



43638. View out from the inside of the hut



43639. A quadruple pine tree



43640. Primrose, Primula vulgaris, trobentice in Slovenian



43641. Kal, in the past a reservoir for livestock drinking water, with clay bottom and walls, here made of concrete. Close to Ludvik there is ...



43739. ... a cave digging site where ...



43740. ... the Claudio and Ludvik caving team was attempting to widen a small underground hollow into a new cave entrance.



43738. The uncovered crack was promising but further down a collapse just too large blocked further passage.



43741. A few steps to the west a large meadow opens up.



43733. Not far from its border a blowhole was found, here covered with a stone. It was supposed to be quite deep.



43736. The stone removed a hollow truly opens up ...



43737. ... and slightly lower more dark patches lead to deeper emptiness.



43732. The photographer brought a 5.73 m long stick ...



43735. ... and carefully and slowly lowered it ...



43734. ... into the hole. The stick finally stopped, hitting something softer than the stone, probably a soil covered surface. The remaining stick was 1.13 m long which makes the hole 4.6 m deep.



43642. Napoleonov hrast / Napoleon's oak. Over two hundred years ago an ailing man from the nearby village Gropadna (now on the Italian side of the border), who was sure that his days are numbered, decided to take a walk before he dies and, tired, fell asleep under this oak. When he woke up he felt better and when he returned to the village everybody asked him what happened because he looked much better. So the word about healing properties of the oak spread and people started to keep coming to invigorate themselves below it. When Napoleon's soldiers gathered to depart for a battle at Triest, they also camped nearby and so the oak's name.



43646. A heap of small stones, neatly put together ...



43644. ... is another shepherd's bad weather shelter, a smaller one, but well preserved.



43645. View out from the shelter



43647. Telephoto view of Mt. Snežnik (1,796 m) with Lipica estate in the foreground. A 3 m A-ladder would make a better photo.



43648. A pine tree in the shape of the cyrillic letter Ч (Č, pron. ch).



43650. Osamelec (Slovenian), a large stone monolith, view from the west ...



43651. ... and from the north



43654. Twins, view from the northwest ...



43655. ... and from the southeast



43656. Up to the sixties collecting resin from pine trees was a welcome source of income - in the absence of synthetic resins there were quite many uses of the natural one. The bark of this pine was cut to let the resin out, and the scar is still well visible, after over half a century.



43657. A meandric cavity developed in large limestone strata, narrow on the surface, wider below it. In the picture - view in.



LH_2013_01_18_12_55_41. Another view in, but taken by Ludvik in the winter, with the snow and icicles (published with his permission).



43658. Here a view out is depicted.



43660. Limestone pavement above the meandric cavity with ...



43659. ... škavna / water pan. Shepherds used to clean it in the spring and used its water to drink during the summer as on karst there is no surface water source. To assure that the water was germ-free they added a few drops of meadow spurge (genus Euphorbia) before drinking.



43661. A face-like rock form



43662. Two stone tables with a rock in between



43663. Pastirček / Shepherd boy



43664. Natural window, view from the west ...



43665. ... and from the east



43666. View west through the window



43668. Another stone water pan ...



43667. ... here in a close view



43669. Rusty pre-1991 sign that the state border with Italy is near, view from the Slovenian side



43671. An old paneau on Italian side of the border averting the passer-by that the border is near (250 m away).



43672. Telephoto of Kokoška hill (kokoška could be translated as a small hen) to the east with a stone inscription on top



43673. Abandoned border checkpoint on the Slovenian side



43674. Abandoned marble quarry Bezovščina



43675. It was used to extract Lipica unito marble stone, named because it is plain white, without any inclusions or color variations. Deeper below (not shown in the picture) a layer of rosy stone with shell inclusions, Lipica fiorito is to be found.



43676. Blooming Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas, rumeni dren in Slovenian



43677. Ludvik Educational Trail crosses the Josef Ressel Forest Educational Trail. The latter is also involved in topics such as ...



43678. ... Energy crisis, connected to anthracite mine in the vicinity.



43679. Anthracite mine entrance, located not far from the opposite side of the trail.



43680. Mine entrance close view, would require crawling. Total length of the mine tunnels, dug entirely in limestone, is 380 m, anthracite layer is just about 30 cm thick.



43681. Inscription on the large natural stone, connected to the Lipica estate dry stone wall fence: L (Lipica) and top of lance sign (symbol of the Triest region).



43683. Below that inscription the year is also carved in the stone, 1817. At that time the first survey for the real estate registry was made.



43684. Snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, zvončki in Slovenian



43685. Old friends - Klemen and Ludvik. The visit of Ludvik Educational Trail started and ended at its eastern end, at the Lipica Stud Farm.



43686. Noon snack in Hotel Maestoso: cooked chickpeas, cooked spinach and chard, black cumin oil, garlic, corn bread, plum jam, aronia juice with chard and spinach water



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