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Plitvice Lakes National Park {Croatia}

When I was in Croatia back in 2010 my cousin Kristijan took me to Plitvice Lakes National Park which happens to be one of the most amazing place I’ve ever been!

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.

The protected area extends over  73,350 acres. About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1,200,000 visitors are recorded.

 

The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow.

 

 

 

They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The particularly sensitive travertine barriers are the result of an interplay between water, air and plants. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm per year.

 

 

 

The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 2,087 to 1,650 ft over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometers, with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water was so beautiful you could clearly see all the details in the fish.

 

 

 

The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through different climatic influences and the large difference in elevation within the protected area, a multifaceted flora and fauna has been created.

The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #21 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on December 2, 2006 at the Huntington Library and Botanic Garden

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #20 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on May 5, 2007 at the Huntington Library and Botanic Garden

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #19 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on March 16, 2007 at San Juan Capistrano Mission

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #18 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on May 27, 2007 in Seattle

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photograph taken on September 9, 2006 in Costa Rica

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #16 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on August 1, 2006 at the Huntington Library and Botanic Garden

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #15 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on March 24, 2007 Grandparent’s backyard

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #14 {Flower Friday}

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photograph taken on December 6, 2006 at the Huntington Library and Botanic Garden

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