Sunday, May 23, 2010

Plitvice Jezera




It takes us a good part of the day to drive across the Istrian Peninsula from Rovinj to Plitvice, stopping along the way to take pictures of the valleys and mountains. The highways are new and traffic is very light. We are discovering that Slovenia and Croatia are not heavily inhabited. The area is very similar Tuscany with many hilltop villages dotting the landscape. We arrive at Hotel Tina in mid afternoon and immediately head to Plitvice National Park. I have high expectations of this park and am not disappointed. I can imagine how even more beautiful it is in the fall with the changing colors. There are miles of boardwalk trails that connect 16 terraced lakes, 2 of the largest are referred to as the upper and lower lakes. In between are countless waterfalls and cascades spilling out over limestone canyons and among the trees and greenery. Around every turn is a surprise and a feast for the eyes. Late in the day, the tourist groups begin to leave and fortunately for us, a late afternoon shower chases all the other visitors away. We have the park to ourselves until 8pm and the solitude is wonderful. I am able to set up my tripod wherever I desire, catching the early evening light without worrying about people walking by. I am able to slow down the running water to create an illusion of milky water flowing. It is a photographer's paradise and we are the last car to leave the parking lot!

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