On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Sister Golden Bear.

Continuing on with my trip to Croatia.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

While Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for its 16 lakes linked by innumerable waterfalls.The lakes are separated by natural dams of travertine limestone, which are continuously growing taller.

The park can be crowded near the Veliki Slap, the largest of the waterfalls at 78 meters, since that’s where tour groups make their quick stop at the park. But it’s well worth taking the 5 km trail to the upper lakes, which are far less crowded.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

A walkway connects the paths over the watery bits.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Yet more waterfalls.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

One of many instances where the waterfalls run right through the trees.

Odmorište Krka, Croatia

Heading south from Plitvice, I stopped at a highway rest area and happened into this lovely view.

Croatia’s main highways, the autoceste, are toll highways akin to the turnpikes in the East Coast, which limited access points every 5-10 miles. Rest areas are far fancier than we’re accustomed to in California, each having a little coffee bar/cafeteria/convenience store.


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16 replies
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    Mary G says:

    Never seen anything like the waterfalls running through the trees. I learn a lot from the jackals, thanks SGB.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Look at the karst! (said in my best Curly voice)(which isn’t good at all)

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    p.a. says:

    Schweet! raven & I (& others) request fishing reports on all bodies of water featured, btw.

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    JPL says:

    It’s doubtful that I’ll visit Croatia, so thank you for the pictures and commentary.

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    eclare says:

    Awesome! I went there in 2015.

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    debbie says:

    I had no idea these kinds of scenes were in Croatia. Thanks for enlightening me!

    (And how do those trees not topple over, with all that water inundating them?)

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    arrieve says:

    Those waterfalls are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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    mad citizen says:

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

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    Tom Levenson says:

    Beautiful. Another stop on my bucket list.

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    Belafon says:

    For about the fourth time, if I am reading this site, I suddenly get redirected to a page claiming to be an Amazon Reward page for my Samsung phone with a popup. I have to close the page to get out of it.

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    ruemara says:

    Oh, my goodness, this is lovely. Thanks, SGB!

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    ruemara says:

    @Belafon: you too? Happened to me last night

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    Miss Bianca says:

    You take such lovely photos, SGB!

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    those trees not topple over, with all that water inundating them?

    I suspect they do. In the photo, it looks like erosion has been eating away at the right side of its original bank, widening the flow area. So over time, the soil in the middle of the flow will get completely washed away, and then it’s a question of how strong the tree’s root system is.

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    Mart says:

    Lovely pics. I suspect that the handrail free walkway over the watery bits could not be built in the States without a bunch of lawsuits.

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