04-25-09 Lakeside Path – Croatia

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One of the more photogenic places I have been in Europe is a national park in Croatia called Plitvice Lakes. This park consists of 16 lakes of various sizes connected by cascading waterfalls. Because of the high calcium content of the water in the lakes, the lake bottoms are milky white and the water is a milky blue-green.

In this photo one of the many winding paths leads through a tunnel of trees along the shoreline of one of the lakes . My friend and I started our park tour very early and we almost had the park to ourselves. Two hours later, the paths were crawling with tourists and, as I’ve thought before, I felt that Europe would be a lot more pleasant if it weren’t for the tourists. But wait! I’m a tourist, too, aren’t I?

Canon 5D 1/50s f/4.0 ISO500 105mm

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  1. I can certainly understand your sentiment about tourism. I love traveling but I find myself silently hating the effects of tourism. I think there is a main difference between tourists, though. There people that travel to feel and experience everything about a place exactly the way it is; and on the other hand, there are those who see it only to say they’ve seen it and demand every comfort of home along the way. Seeing how much the demands of tourism can deface a beautiful natural place, archeological site, or entire culture can really be disappointing…but who doesn’t love crowds, barricades, and endless lines of souvenir shops? Gorgeous photo by they way, as always. I’ll have to try to catch a train up there if I can get myself a long weekend.

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