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Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls, Croatia

In a Tolkenian natural environment, high-fantasy legends were murmuring at our ears, while we drove to the waterfalls on one of the Plitvice Lakes trail. Vibrant greens, algae, moss and a fresh wet atmosphere surrounded us.

Waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
June 2014, single image, focal length 75mm, aperture f/8, shutter speed 1/60 second, ISO 125, handheld.

This very fragile complex of fauna and flora has inspired writers of all times. The story of the Black Queen, who created the 16 lakes after citizens of Plitvice prayed and prayed for rain to fall, that she finally sent thunder and storms until the entire area had become a green lush. Still nowadays it is called the “Devil’s Garden”.

I wanted to explore myself this extraordinary scenery, and chose to do so on an next morning, although clouds had developed and rain started to drizzle for a while. The family breakfast that Volodimir served us was far behind already!

Diving in the oasis of untouched forest, I felt like I was walking in a real life movie where elves and magic Queens would come out from the frame. The smooth movement of the water falling on the rocks, contrasted with the pinkish and grey skies in the background.

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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

During our visit to Croatia, we decided to visit Plitvice Lakes, famous for its enchanted waterfalls and located far away inland towards the capital city of Zagreb.

Aerial View on Waterfalls in Plitvice National Park, Donja Jezera, Croatia
June 2014, single image, focal length 35mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 1.6 seconds, ISO 100, 5-stop ND filter, tripod.

Part of Unesco World Heritage, the sixteen different lakes are interconnected by waterfalls, and the rich fauna, as well as the fairytale surrounding forests make you feel as if you had landed in the fantasy landscape from Lord of the Rings book.

We decided to stay for one night at Plitvice Lakes so I would be able to shoot the sunset and sunrise, without worrying about intendancy and early morning drive.

Having booked our hotel at Plitvice Lakes, we drove along the high speed highway, and then onto the smaller winding roads in the mountains, before reaching the lakes and our family guesthouse.

It was a real surprise to discover 400 years old farm, located inside Plitvice Lakes Park and owned generations and generations by the family of jovial Volodimir. He made us feel at home with home cooking of local delicacies and personally distilled Plum Rakia and we enjoyed his stories and hospitality as much as the actual trip to the lakes and waterfalls.

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