Lakes of Plitvice - Wildlife Photo Tour & Tutor ( 19-22 October 2017 )

The European Nature at its best … Let nature be nature, in perpetual becoming.
Join us to an unusual Wildlife Photo Event and Workshop to a Unesco Heritage Site : the 
National Park of the Lakes of Plitvice.  It will be a “land” experience, focused in admiring and photographing the majestic sceneries of an area of ​​29,685 hectares, plenty of natural wonders that follow one another in an endless becoming of breathtaking views. We will discover the peculiarities of a system of lakes linked together by waterfalls, surrounded by dense forests of beech and fir trees that are coloured in yellow ocher and the warm autumn light, where the different photographic opportunities will follow one another, allowing us practice different shooting techniques.

The National Park of the Lakes of Plitvice.‬
It is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in  Croatia.The national park was founded in 1949 and it is situated in the mountainous karst area of central CroatiaThe protected area extends over 296.850 square kilometres. The lakes of Plitvice are a result of century-old processes and the sedimentation of chalk, which is abundantly available in the waters of this karst area. These sedimentations are called tufa or travertine.A distinctive feature of the Plitvice lakes is the fact that they do not represent separated, stationary waters.   The lakes altogether have always been seen as one composed system of lakes. The water masses reaching the lakes at the upper or lower part of the system are continuously changing the outlook of the lakes and the surrounding landscape. They finally exit the lakes as river Korana.

On the one hand, chal tufa is being washed away partly and new sediments are continuously being formed. Thus, new waterfalls creates while others run dry. Nature itself is continuously adapting to these new conditions. As a whole, the complex of lakes represents a very sensitive and labile  ecosystem.There are mechanical and chemical dissolution processes worldwide. At the   Plitvice  Lakes, a unique process occurs : it is the sedimentation of water-bound chalk at certain places. Here the sedimentation of chalk and the formation of tufa happens dynamically all along the watercourse and in various forms (fluviatile sedimentation). It is not a static phenomenon. Another unique and distinctive feature is the influences of the vegetation in the process of sedimentation. While passing the vegetation, barriers are being created by foaming water. These naturally created barriers decelerate and dam the waters, thus forming lakes. At Plitvice, this constant interplay between water, air, rock and vegetation can easily be observed. The foaming water creates ever growing and impressive waterfalls. The thresholds grown up above the water level, create cataracts.

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