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Plitvice Waterfalls

Plitvice Waterfalls

Plitvice National Park in Croatia has an eight K string of sixteen lakes link by waterfalls.  I haven’t been to any other major waterfall in the world but I was ‘well’ impressed today.  This natural phenomena has been created by the movement of calcium rich material pickup  by the river and then deposited downstream.  This has produced rims which restricts the water, creating the lakes for it to then fall over and repeat the process.



Somehow vegetations survives the rapid flow of water and rather than being a destructive force the water appears to nurture life.  Green predominates, the colour of the water and under the falls.  Fish almost swarm the clear waters and swallows and swifts dive low over the larger lakes. Cuckoos were calling in the quieter areas, not filled by the roar of water.


Where the water slows to board deep lakes, any dead tree is calcified and strange shapes which might has just stepped out of Pirates of the Caribbean loiter below the surface.


The jigsaw of lakes, ravines and waterfalls is by a seemingly complex series of boardwalks and trails.


By the two main entrances they are a little packed and traversing them becomes a slow tourist samba.


Move on and around and the show continues with much less attention and it is easy to find yourself an audience of one.


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