Krka National Park

October 30, 2015  •  10 Comments

The Krka National Park, makes up an area of 109 square kilometres along the Krka River.  This park was proclaimed a national park in 1985.  It was formed to protect the Krka River and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational and tourism activities.  

20150519_Ecuador_001620150519_Ecuador_0016 In the morning, we picked up a friend of Roman's who was going to show us some great hiking in the park.  As we drove towards our  destination, Roman told me  that the area that we were in used to be a camp for the Serbian troups during the recent war.   As of July 2014, minefields in Croatia cover 587 square kilometres.  The minefields are located in 11 counties and 82 cities and municipalities.  These areas are thought to contain approximately 64,000 land mines, in addition to unexploded ordinance left over from the Croatian War of Independence.  Land mines were used extensively during the war by all of the sides in the conflict; about 1.5 million were deployed.  As of 2013 demining  programs were coordinated by the government who was hiring private demining companies employing 632 deminers.    The Croatian government hopes to clear all minefields by 2019.  In the meantime the areas are marked with more than 16,000 warning signs like the one in the photo above.  As of April 2013, 509 people have been killed and 1,468 injured by land mines since the war.  This total includes 60 deminers  and seven Croatian Army engineers killed during  demining operations.  I asked Roman to stop the car so I could take a picture of the sign.  

20150519_Ecuador_001820150519_Ecuador_0018 We actually parked on a road beside a farmer's house in order to start the hike.  The hike was not marked so it definitely was not a tourist destination.  The sheep were just arriving for feeding time.

20150519_Ecuador_001920150519_Ecuador_0019 The farmer also had goats.

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20150519_Ecuador_002120150519_Ecuador_0021 Agriculture is an important part of the Croatian economy.  In Croatia's northern part the fields are dominated by wheat, corn and sunflower crops while fruit-growing, viticulture  (cultivation of grapes)  and olive farming are popular in the coastal region with pasture land common in the mountainous areas.  

20150519_Ecuador_002220150519_Ecuador_0022 The start of our hike through the park.  Roman and his friend led the way.

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20150519_Ecuador_002520150519_Ecuador_0025 The views kept getting better and better, the higher we went.  

20150519_Ecuador_002620150519_Ecuador_0026 Roman's friend pointing out something in the distance- I believe it was caves.

 

 

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20150519_Ecuador_003220150519_Ecuador_0032 After a great hike, we made our way back to the farm where the car was parked.

20150519_Ecuador_003320150519_Ecuador_0033 An old farmhouse.

 

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I could not get that cow to look at me.

20150519_Ecuador_003720150519_Ecuador_0037 It was a pretty interesting area to walk around in.

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20150519_Ecuador_003920150519_Ecuador_0039 After dropping Roman's friend off in a nearby town, we headed to the touristy section of the KrKa National Park.  In this area there were lots of footpaths, sightseeing tours, presentations, boat trips, souvenir shops, a museum and restaurants.  

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Walking on one of the trails in the park.

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One of the larger falls from a distance.  

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The watermills in the park belong to the system of pre-industrial water-powered plants on the Krka River.  As a symbol of economic power, they were often a source of conflict.  The preserved mills date back to the 19th century.  One of the buildings  had demonstrations but not when we were there.  There were also talks on the old fashioned ways of ploughing and food preparation in the old kitchens.  

20150519_Ecuador_000420150519_Ecuador_0004 The last place we visited in the park was  Visovac Island which was founded during the reign of Louis I of Hungary.  This is the home to the Roman Catholic Visovac Monastery founded by the Franciscans in 1445.  It was a very short boat ride to get to the Island.  This Island is also called Mother of God Island.

20150519_Ecuador_000120150519_Ecuador_0001 We spent about half an hour or so wandering around the tiny island.  During its stormy history, Visovac was and has remained an island of peace and prayer.  


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20150519_Ecuador_000120150519_Ecuador_0001 Gardens behind the monastery.  

20150519_Ecuador_000320150519_Ecuador_0003 The front of the Monastery.

20150519_Ecuador_000120150519_Ecuador_0001 One last view of the island taken from the highway.  You can see the landscape of Visovac Lake.  

 


Comments

Bill(non-registered)
Fantastic work Marsha. The back country not frquented by tourists is especially photogenic and you make the most of it
Jane Jamison(non-registered)
I love the waterfalls as well as the lakes and rural scenes. Looks as though you had a great workshop--not surprising with Roman as guide/leader.l
luba(non-registered)
Very lovely images. Enjoyed looking. Thanks for sharing, Marsah
Beth(non-registered)
I really enjoyed these photos. The farm shots of the goats in particular and the old stone buildings were special along with the park scenes.
In '99 on a bus to Split we passed the outskirts of this wonderful park. Unfortunately no possibility of stopping. All along the way we saw the singled out burned houses and industrial buildings owned by Serbs and destroyed by Croatians during the war. Very quietly upsetting. No one would tell us anything about them.
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
Great shots again, Marsha. I'll say it again...what a beautiful country! I enjoyed the shots from the area that is not visited by tourists. Gorgeous cliffs with beautiful water. Your photography is really beautiful!
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