Primož Jakopin, photo diary

Spodmol v Gamsovem skretu*, Kamniška Bistrica
Black Window Below the Wall

June 26, 2020, 28 pictures

          Most images are approximately 683 x 1024 pixels in size, numbers in front of the picture descriptions are serial numbers of the original photo files. The names of plants and animals, given after the Latin ones, are Slovenian. South arête of Turska gora was identified by Janez Vengar - član Giovanni.

          Pictures photo and copyright (c) Primož Jakopin - Klok.

47705. Bride's feathers, Aruncus dioicus, kresničevje



47706. Južni raz / South arête of Turska gora (2,251 m), above the forest track to Gamsov skret ...



47707. ... and its telephoto view



47708. Blossom of ox-eye, Buphthalmum salicifolium, vrbovolistni primožek



47709. View of the shelter from the bottom of Gamsov skret ...



47710. ... and a telephoto view.



47711. View southeast, to Kamniška Bistrica valley from the gravel slope below the shelter



47712. Alpine laburnum, Laburnum alpinum, alpski nagnoj, lovely yellow curtains along the trail, ...



47713. ... here seen up close



47714. A black and brown grasshopper



47715. Carniolan lily, Lilium carniolicum, kranjska lilija or zlato jabolko



47716. Escargot, Helix pomatia, veliki vrtni polž, one of 50 or so encountered on the way, contrary to just one of its homeless cousins, the unwelcome slugs. They were all of somewhat lighter color (body and shell) compared to their lowland siblings.



47717. Wider view of the cave with the rock above it, and ...



47719. ... a closer view



47722. Here is a view from inside out. A wild stone fruit tree, growing nearly horizontally, covers greater part of the entrance cross section.



47733. View of the valley from below the entrance



47729. A rather crumbling western wall of the entrance hall



47723. The cave ends with an ever more narrow meander ...



47724. ... the floor in front of which speaks in favor of the first shelter name meaning.



47725. If you manage to squeeze in the meander as far as it gets such a view out opens up.



47728. At about the middle of the entrance hall a fissure in the ceiling feeds a tiny trickle of water which is slowly rounding the small stones on the floor.



47732. Somebody carved this bird totem out of wood (about 0.8 m across) and hanged it from the tree in the entrance. Making this picture was tricky, feeble wind constantly rotates the sculpture and to persuade the phone camera to focus properly (not on the forest in the background) plus to trigger its shutter with voice control more time is needed than one would wish for. The penultimate of 20 or so shots produced this image.



47718. The wall at the eastern side of Gamsov skret is carved by narrow žlebiči (pron. zhlabeechy), karst karren forms, while ...



47734. ... in the western wall žlebiči are deeper and overgrown, as they are less exposed to the sun and retain moisture longer.



47735. Scree slope is interspersed with larger solitary rocks.



47736. A lawn of blossoming wild carrots from the Apiaceae family, korenjavec



47737. Two black and white wasps pasturing on an ox-eye



47738. The trail is very much overgrown but even in dense grass its outline can be discerned (and felt), by feet if by nothing else.



*Spodmol v Gamsovem skretu / Gamsov skret Rock Shelter, is situated at about 1,300 m above sea level, and 700 m above the spring of Kamniška Bistrica river. It is about 25 m long, 15 m wide and 6 m high at the entrance, provides shelter for chamois, Rupicapra rupicapra or gams. Skret has two meanings, skrét is a colloquial word for toilet (as every animal shelter is littered with droppings) and skrêt, a meaning much preferred by the people from the valley, is a place where the trail changes direction (deviation, from skreniti = to deviate) - as the chamois trail to the higher part of this elongated mountain pasture deviates to the left here. In general Gamsov skret is the name for the entire green tongue among the walls below Kogel mountain, it stretches from about 1,000 m above sea level to about 1,900 m.


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