The Plitvice Lakes experience, in one day and 40 pictures :) Croatia <3

Greetings, travelers!

How's your day going on? Part of my job includes browsing at some of my photo albums from my several photographical travels and today my eyes were attracted by the colors of the Plitvice lakes in Croatia. We spent here a full day as this was a planned trip, a part of our almost a week long and bigger photo travel to Croatia and Slovenia. By "we" I mean a happy group of about forty people, all passionate about photography and traveling! I just recalled I promised to @crazy-andy this travel story some time ago and as we, men, say:

"Once I promise something, I will do it. No need to remind me every six months!"

LOLOL. How true! Today, however, I felt it was the right time to make this colorful story public :)

So, on it! Once our bus parked and we paid the tickets and entered inside, the first views took my breath away.


Now zoomed-in a bit so you get a feel of the scale:



Even from that narrow angled elevated view I could tell there are so many waterfalls there. Later on that day I stopped counting them as they are probably hundreds, if not thousands. We were visiting that lovely national natural reserve park in the middle of April and I am grateful to the people who organized this trip as in my humble opinion, purely from a photographical standpoint, this was probably one of the best times to visit it. Two reasons, mainly:

  • plenty of water, probably from the melting snow from the winter.
  • there was not that much foliage and the trees were not blocking the perspectives.

Well, I could dream of how this place would look in the winter, with the yellow, golden and red colors of the trees and I guess there would also be some fogs that will mystify the landscape! I guess I've put another item on my travel-photo list, LMAO.

Most of the pathways here are built right in the water lake thus preserving the nature in a good way. They were narrow so I've got to pay attention when another tourist is passing by me in the opposite direction. The next few photos may not give that idea but stick with me and I'll show you crowds later :)




I really loved the feel of walking on that wooden path, however, one huge disadvantage as a photographer. Tripods do not work here. Or at least during the day when other people walk by and the planks vibrate. So, no proper motion blurred long-exposure photos:


By the way, this friend above got almost pushed in the water, not intentionally, of course :)


Waterfalls from the hill, amazing!



It was such a pleasure to spend time there, enjoying not only the water and the walk, but also the wildlife. There were plenty of birds and fish.

Do you see the couple in flight here?


The ducks were quite friendly and fearless :)




It may not look that dangerous on the photo, but hanging above this waterfall gave me the creeps :) Do you see the small permanent rainbow? :) There was a crowd behind my back at that time.







I reached one of the lake ports where we had to use the boat service to get us to the other side of the lake. Some good planning was necessary here as at the time we visited the place, the last boat serves was in the afternoon, 5 or 6 PM, I don't recall exactly. A boat fits max 100 persons and I had to take a sit at the outer row so I am able to take photos, of course :)



Awesome views along the sail...




The afternoon was just magical. The large crowds were virtually gone after 4 PM and as the light of the days becomes even better, I was so glad to be free to have all the landscape to myself, sort of speak :)



Here happened one of the most magical things to me. Do you wonder what this is?


When I passed by a small pond hidden among some trees I heard that a male duck is taking a noisy bath! I squatted down and took out my tele-lens and gratefully waited and observed all the action through my camera :)



More breathtaking moments for me!

Phew... Check out how amazing the details are:


After that scenery bath I walked around until it was time to get back to the port:






Probably one of the visual moments that I like the most is with this girl taking a selfie, in black and white here:


While I waited for the boat sail back with a friend of mine, another amazing thing happened to us. A duck approached us and begged for some food!!! A piece of advice here: bring some bread with you or probably stickles if you don't want your fingers bitten, LOL :)

I've got to tell you, this was quite pleasant to watch :) Such an entertainment from Nature :)



One thing I remember is that the ticket kiosks close after 5 PM. So if you are there for a short walk or to meet the sunset, or for night photography, it seems you won't need to buy a ticket. However, not everything could be seen, as the boats don't sail then.

Here is one last landscape that just underlines the beauty of this natural park. Such an awesome day!!!


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