Lakes, Plitvicka Jezera National Park
The Plitvice Lakes are located in the central part of Croatia, in Lika region, at the end of hilly Kordun, between the slopws of woody Mala Kapela and Licka Plješivica.
At first it was concealed, as it were protected, within the dense,impassable forests at the foot of the eroded peaks of the mountains. Today, however, it is accessible to, and draws, the eye of every visitor. The Plitvice Lakes have been created according to very particular laws governing the natural changes in the hydrogeology and climate, quite differently from the way tens, hundreds of lakes in this country and elswhere have come into being.
The known legend of the Black Queen, a folk tale about the coming of the water in the Plitvice region, was given literary shape back in 1888. The story originated as part of oral tradition among the hard-used people of this bulwark of Christianity, in the time of the battles with the might of the Ottomans, after famine, drought, misfortune and the sufferings of war. The Black Queen, goes the legend, begged rain fot them, started off the water courses and gathered all that might of eater up in the lakes. The Black River, the Black Oeak, the Black Queen - reality and myth. The water from the Prošcansko Lake flowed becaues of a "prayer" ( phonetically related to the name of the lake), for the salvation of life over all the falls and lakes to the course of the Korana River. The Queen's Palace and Gavan's Treasure vanished, and up sprouted little wooden mills, and villages, and the hotel palaces above the water and the falls. And people came, to wonder at the lakes, to praise them , revel in them, live from them.
Fondest memory: This is Malo (Small) Lake, beautiful and pieceful with crystal clear water.
All you need is to come freely here, to this unique gallery of Nature, to listen to the flickering murmur of the falls, to gaze at the abundance of stony shapes, the reflections of the firs and beeches in the rocking water, issued from out of the stone, to listen to the song of birds, to breathe in the scent of flowers in bloom, to encounter the wild animals.
Fondest memory: There is a small islet in the middle of the Lake of Kozjak, but you can get it only by the rowing boat. It is worth of your little effort. The islet is call "Stefanijin otok" (Stephanie's Islet) and local farmers used to protect their goats from the wolves on it. According to the local legend, around 30 young goats were running away from wolves during winter. They drowned in the lake as the thin ice layer cracked.
The Matica goes from the confluence of the Bijela and Crna rivers, at the end of the old village of Plitvicki Ljeskovac, this flows into the biggest of the lakes, the Prošcansko Lake. Some other smaller permanent and seasonal water courses flow into part of the water of Plitvice. There is, for example, Rjecica, which floes into Kozjak, and the streamlets that bubble up in the Prošcansko Lake, Ciganovac and other small Upper Lakes.
Fondest memory: The Lake of Galovac belongs to the group of the Upper lakes.
Favorite thing: Burget is the point of the National Park where you leave behind the Lower Lakes and approaching to the Upper Lakes area. This is the scene you can see from the boat which takes you across the Kozjak Lake to a wooden quay. You can stop here your exploring of the Park and another boat will take you to the mainland. If doing so, you'll never know what you have missed.
I am always impressed with the turquoise waters of Plitvice... It's due to some special algae that live on the bottom.
(I can't explain my moody face here, maybe tired after so much waling? We crossed 20 km on foot that day!)
One of the most breathtaking characteristics of Plitvicka Jezera Nationalni Park is the glorious blue- green color of the lakes.
I read that the beautiful array of hues are attributed to calcium carbonate which interacts with the algae at the bottom of the lakes.
Fondest memory: The appearance of the water of these crystal clear lakes varies depending on the degree of sunshine reflecting off them.
You may notice this in different photos have I taken of the lakes because I visited on a day when there were periods of sun, clouds and rain.
I thought the appearance of the lakes was most vibrant in bright sunshine.
Favorite thing: Sometimes the water is so turquoise, blue and green, and so diamond clear, on a sand, that it looks liek Seychelles, especially wth wooden paths over the water, and through the vegetation... Impressive beauty!
Favorite thing: In the distance you can see the wall of reeds. They had displayed pictures of "before" and "after" at this point. Before they began removal of the reed beds the entire lake was covered with the reeds and the water was stagnent in many parts because the reeds prevented any movement and rejuvination of the water. Today most of the lakes are free of the reeds and support a large ecosystem of fish in the fresh flowing water.
Favorite thing: You can see here the same lake that the reeds were cleared from, it is the small one in the upper section, you can also imagine what it looked like stagnant, brown and green. I think the green and turquoise looks better.. and NO my film is not bad, YES it is THAT COLOR....
The Plitvice lakes were made a UNESCO heritage site in 1979, it consists of 16 lakes of fantastic azure and green colours set in a valley surrounded by forest. There are lower lakes and upper lakes, the paths are connected by wooden bridges and footpaths with one ferry connection from lower to upper lake. Connecting the lakes are a total of 96 waterfalls, with rich plant and animal life abundant.
Fondest memory: The views and the waterfalls