Marko Posavec Photography

The Edge of Clouds

Whenever it’s autumn and a high pressure system settles over, a weather phenomenon well known among nature photographers may form: temperature inversion. Basically, it means that cold air is trapped underneath a layer of warm air, their usual vertical position being inverted and hence the term. A common consequence of this is ‘sea’ of fog and low clouds covering the landscape, but reaching only up to a kilometer in altitude – the weather above it is sunny, warm and clear. No wonder photographers love it. All you have to do is to climb the nearest mountain.

Such was the case on November 23rd, when satellite images in the morning revealed that three nearby mountains remained above the cloud layer – Medvednica (1.033 m), Ivanščica (1.060 m) and, barely, Kalnik (643 m). The latter is the nearest to me and therefore most accessible. Naturally, I hopped into the car and drove there to see if I could capture some photos from the very shore of the cloud ocean.

When I arrived, the fog was everywhere – as expected. This is the beginning of a short hike to the highest peak called Vranilac.

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Less than 20 minutes later I was near Vranilac, but the view was utterly disappointing. I could barely glimpse the Sun.

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The TV tower stood against a bluish sky, but that wasn’t what I was hoping for.

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Apparently the cloud layer slightly lifted during the time it took me to drive there. I was roughly 50 meters of altitude short.

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And there was no view.

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This one is actually the best that I managed to get. Shortly afterwards thick clouds engulfed everything.

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Like this.

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I couldn’t see anything, but at least I knew the directions. Heh.

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Well, no point in sitting up there freezing my ass off. Back down into the misty forest and then home. Better luck next time.

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