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A Day of Dreams & Despair | by Nathan Bergeron Photography
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A Day of Dreams & Despair

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Welcome to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. One of the most magnificent natural sights in all of Europe and Croatia's biggest tourist attraction.

 

While in Croatia last summer we seized the opportunity to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. I had wanted to visit the park for quite some time and was thrilled I had the chance to finally witness it with my own eyes. Even though it rained relentlessly all day and we missed our last bus back to Zagreb and had to fork out $150 on a hotel room, in the end it was all worth it.

 

This also gave me the chance to wake up at the crack of dawn, sneak back into the park and finish visiting the upper lakes. Which in turn became another morning I will never forget.

 

The park is situated right near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and besides its natural beauty is the place where the war for Croatian Independence started in 1991. Up until 10 years ago authorities told anyone who entered the park not to flee too far from the marked paths and walkways as there were still some undiscovered active mines. In 1998 the park was deemed mine free.

 

The park is made up of sixteen interlinked lakes which are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from three mountains, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. As you can see from this photograph the lakes have very distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

 

Enjoy the view everyone and please see it LARGE!

 

Comments, critiques and faves are always greatly appreciated : )

 

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Taken on July 23, 2008