Ljubljana basin is the largest tectonic basin in Slovenia, 58 km long and 18 km wide, covering the central part of the country. At its eastern part three rivers converge – Kamniška Bistrica, Ljubljanica and Sava; the conurbation of Ljubljana slowly dissolves into suburbs of Polje and Vevče, and the old villages of Kašelj, Zavoglje and Sostro still retain their Medieval look.
The soil on both banks of Ljubljanica is quite fertile and was put to good use rather soon – in Roman times a couple of Villae rusticae – such as this one near Kašelj that we’ve found with a kite – were established to provide fresh produce for the markets of Emona.
The village of Zavoglje is a cute little Medieval hamlet with the church of St. Urh (St. Ulrirch of Augsburg), built in the 15th century on the place of a Roman settlement. A couple of Roman headstones and inscriptions are incorporated into the church walls.
Sostro – Ze Ôster in Middle High German, meaning ‘at the east’ and refering to the 13th century Osterberg castle on Kašelj hill, the ruins of which can still be seen there – is a larger village south of Ljubljanica, perched on an old river terrace. Some Roman graves were found by the church of St. Leonard, and a prehistoric ‘hill fort’ can still be seen on a hill above the village.
The wind conditions here are a mess … as the Ljubljana basin meets the hills the turbulences have a party – we counted at least three bands of turbulent air through which we had to make the kite pass. Luckily, we had our Rokkaku master Viktor with us, who steadily and confidently commanded the camera carrying kite through all the aerial obstacles.
All kite aerial photos shot with Canon A810 on The Spark Rokkaku kite.