Galovac lake is very pretty. It's supplied with water from three small lakes and supplies water to a series of ponds that are also linked by waterfalls. The concrete stairs over the main waterfall are no longer, instead they are covered by travertine and have now become part of the scenery.
The Galovac waterfall is 25metres high and is the highest waterfall in the Upper Lake area.
Veliki Prstavac is the next Waterfall we come across in the Upper Lakes area.
As we were walking along the pathway, we could view this lovely waterfall across the lake. Lucky, it was protected from the wind, and I managed some reflections. As we walked further along the boardwalk, we walked across the cascading overflow, and then quite close to this spectacular waterfall.
The Burgeti is a waterfall and a chain of small lakes that we walked across on a boardwalk. There were plenty of Trees and plants, and the water was so crystal clear, we could see the tree roots quite easily. Lots and lots of small waterfalls or cascades, and the sound of rushing water everywhere, sometimes, we were walking across the cascades on a boardwalk. The name Burgeti comes from the sound of this rushing, boiling water.
Another really pretty area!
On alighting from the Boat, I took the path that led to the right, this was the way most people were going. The Upper Lake area was much busier, I guess because it was later in the day by the time I reached here!
This section was a little different to what I had walked through in the Lower Lakes. It reminded a little of what I had seen of the American Everglades on Television. Still walking on boardwalks, I was walking in more forested area, with smaller falls and ponds, still very pretty though!
All of these headed downhill and over the embankment into Lake Kozjak, the long lake segregating the Upper and Lower Plitvice Lakes.
This is Gradinsko Lake, one of the Upper Lakes, which is situated right after the area called Burget.
This is again picture made by the classical camera, you cannot have such a rich colours with the digital camera, I have tried it but without succes.
The location of Mali Buk waterfalls is in the area Gradinsko Lake, one of the Upper Lakes. Buk means big thunder and you can hear it far away when walking on the wooden paths in the area in between Gradinsko and Galovac Lakes.
By Proscansko lake most people end the day hike around the national park. It can be also the opposite - you can begin here (staring from Entrance 2 you can take a mini bus till the last station (ST4) which is at the Northern tip of the lake) and then continue towards the North from Upper till lower lakes, choose options that suit you.
There's also an option to walk around lake, but we didn't do this that time.
If you are on a tour, chances are that you will start from the lower lakes and end your tour at Lake Kozjak. It will be a pity if you miss the upper lakes which comprise 12 out of the 16 lakes in the Plitvice National Park. The scenery is wilder and more spectacular in the upper lakes.
The upper lakes of the park was my favourite because it had lots of small waterfalls, streams and ponds as well as some large ones which create a small complex beautful in its own right. I'd recommend walking around all the pathways that surround the lakes or you may miss out on views such as the one in the main photo.
The beauty of this national park not only attracts nature lovers but people keen on photography can find a diverse subject matter and perfectly clear sky. On the trail we passed several photography groups laden down with extremely expensive equipment.
Climing the steps up the mountain we came very close to a waterfall, we could touch the water and feel the spray. The view down to the lake was fantasyic. Looking at the rockface you could see small plantlife attached to the rocks with the water continually flowing past them, constantly being wet from the spray. Nature at its best.
We walked some of the Upper Lakes during the afternoon and found them at times to be a little more strenuous than the lower lakes. At times there were some steep steps to climb but this reflected the more rugged terrain and perhaps more attractive waterfalls. None of our party had problems with the terrain except for one member who decided they did not want to continue and did not inform anyone but just returned to base. This created a huge problem as it is easy to get lost on the trails and it gets very cold at night, there was still ice on the boardwalks at 9:30 in the morning when we started the tour. We waited a half hour whilst our guide tried to find the missing member, finally he contacted the entrance and found she had returned. Recommend that you should do both upper and lower lakes.
Burgeti is the name for the chain of small shallow lakes separated by travertine barriers and small cascades and waterfalls. Barriers are covered with low vegetation.
This is the place where it is best to admire the picture in silence because the water also adds the sound here in form of water whirls that create the boiling noise. This is also one of the tips that desperately needs the sound in order to show you the complete picture (with sound).
Gradinsko lake is named after the ruins of an old fortress (Gradina) that once stood above the lake. With its 10 metres deep waters it offers a spectrum of colours ranging from transparent, turquoise to darker blue waters of the deeper parts.
At some areas water seems to be completely white, which comes from the fact that the pure travertine mud of the bottom of the lake is not covered with underwater vegetation.
Another lake that got its name after a certain person who drowned here - apparently the poor person here was someone named Mile. It is only one meter deep and surrounded with a necklace of waterfalls that crush here from the Galovac lake.
If you take the shorter route (Yellow or Grey coded from the Entrance 2) this is where you will start. After this point all routes come together in the central part of the lakes which can create real pedestrian traffic jams in summer days. If you want to stay on your route you have to be careful to follow the right signs on major path crossings.