Plitvice Lakes National Park

October 18, 2015  •  9 Comments

After leaving Zagreb, we made our  way to Plitvice Lakes National Park.   The park is in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  With a surface area of 294.82 km, this National Park is the largest of Croatia's eight national parks.  Plitvice was proclaimed a National park in 1949 which also makes it the country's oldest National Park.  The park was included in the UNESCO list of World Natural Heritage sites in 1979.  Plitvice Lakes  represents a phenomenon of Karst hydrography and is famous for its lakes arranged in cascades.  Currently 16 lakes can be seen from the surface and I'm pretty sure we saw all of them during our hike as we spent all day walking on the trails.  

20150518_Ecuador_000120150518_Ecuador_0001 Starting on the trail, this was the first view we came to.  The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water trail.

20150518_Ecuador_000320150518_Ecuador_0003 The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue.  The colours are constantly changing depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

20150518_Ecuador_000420150518_Ecuador_0004 Given that it was a beautiful day, the park was very busy although I suspect nothing compared to the summer months.  This photograph shows the Lower Plitvice Lakes.  

20150518_Ecuador_000120150518_Ecuador_0001 The phenomenon of Karst hydrography creates the feeling that the Plitvice Lakes are never the same from one day to the next.  For those of you who want a further explanation, I will give the explanation from the brochure:  Travertine is a porous carbonate rock formed by the sedimentation of calcium carbonate from the water.  It builds barriers,sills and other forms in karst rivers and streams.  The travertine formation process is especially prominent in the Pitvice Lakes waterfalls and is constant, happening even while visitors are walking through the park.   With this travertine development, numerous waterfalls are created.  Over time, the water changes its course, leaving some barriers dry but stimulating the travertine (or tufa) growth in other places.

20150518_Ecuador_000720150518_Ecuador_0007 One of the many hiking trails that we walked on.  

20150518_Ecuador_000220150518_Ecuador_0002 Roman taking a photo of one of the many waterfalls we came across.  There were  a lot of  students in the park learning all about the geography of the area.

20150518_Ecuador_000220150518_Ecuador_0002 The lake area is heavily forested, mainly with Beech, Spruce and Fir trees.  Because of poor industrial development of the area and early introduced protection policies, a nearly untouched landscape has been preserved.  

20150518_Ecuador_000120150518_Ecuador_0001 The Plitvice lakes do not represent separated, stationary waters.  The lakes  have always been seen as one composed system of lakes.  Notice the beautiful turquoise color of the water.  

20150518_Ecuador_000820150518_Ecuador_0008 You can see just how clear and clean the water was in this park-this is what I found throughout Croatia.   

20150518_Ecuador_000320150518_Ecuador_0003 Eventually we took a boat across the lake to another part of the park.

 

20150518_Ecuador_000920150518_Ecuador_0009 The waterfalls and mist are showing through in the background.  The further we walked, the less tourists we came across on these wooden paths.  

20150518_Ecuador_000120150518_Ecuador_0001 Waterfall at the upper lakes.

 

20150518_Ecuador_001120150518_Ecuador_0011 In this park, alll species of flora and fauna continue to exist as if man had not arrived.  

20150518_Ecuador_001020150518_Ecuador_0010 A closer up shot of  one of the falls we walked by.

 

20150518_Ecuador_000220150518_Ecuador_0002 I decided to bring my tripod on the hike so I was determined to use it.  I finally found a spot out of the way where I could photograph the falls using the tripod without being in anyone's way.  Somehow while I was removing the camera from the tripod, the tripod fell in the water but fortunately, Roman was able to retrieve it for me.

20150518_Ecuador_001320150518_Ecuador_0013 After leaving the park we headed towards Primosten where we would be spending a couple of nights.  It was a beautiful drive along the coast.

20150518_Ecuador_001420150518_Ecuador_0014 We ate dinner at a local restaurant with a view of the water.  Meet the boss of the restaurant!  

 


Comments

Jane Jamison(non-registered)
I love the close-up of the waterfall. These are beautiful images! Now i'm getting anxious for next May to come!
Toby(non-registered)
What a wonderful collection of photographs! I love the composition and also the colours.
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
All I can say is WOW! What a beautiful place, especially if you like waterfalls and I definitely do. I love the neat things you did when you photographed some of the later waterfalls. What a gorgeous country Croatia is!
Wendy(non-registered)
The colours are amazing in these photographs. I really liked your pictures of the waterfalls..
gretchen taylor(non-registered)
Oh boy...the turquoise water is amazing! Your shots are full of color...love the shots where you were looking down on the tourists as they walked on walkways between the lakes/ponds. The boss of the restaurant...priceless! Nicely done, Marsha! Glad that you didn't lose your tripod...kudos to Roman!
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