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Krka National Park is one of the biggest attractions on the Dalmatian coast, where Krka lake flows over a long series of waterfalls, known as Skradinski buk, towards the Adriatic at Sibenik. It's about halfway between Split and Zadar, only an hour's drive from the latter.

I spent a very enjoyable afternoon here wandering in the lush eden of rivers, forests and wildlife. The park itself was easy to find, and there's a bus takes you down to the falls from the car park as part of your entrance ticket. You can also take a boat up the lake to see Visovac Monastery on its island, but unfortunately I didn't have time.


Krka

There is a series of low wooden walkways which take you in a meandering route across the main area of the falls.



The Krka river was teeming with fish, these ones apparently sitting still as they swim against the current. I guess they were waiting for something tasty to float their way.

Fish


Frog

It took me a while to finally spot one of these very noisy frogs amongst all the greenery, as their camouflage is so good.



Bright blue dragonflies float around the reeds.

Dragon flies


Small falls

Small step waterfall. This series of falls is the longest in Croatia.



I photographed these medium falls using a long exposure, to try to get that smooth blur effect of fast flowing water.

Medium falls


Large falls

Falls getting larger and larger the further downstream I go.



Finally they hit the lowest point, although this is just one in a great sweep of falls.

Huge falls


Krka National Park

The surrounding area was all lush dense forest, but only within the canyon itself. Outside it was the regular, much drier scrubland of Croatia.



Swimmers taking a break by the main falls of Skradinski buk.

By a waterfall


Natural splendour

The Krka waterfalls in all of their glory.



There were a lot of people swimming around, if only I'd brought my own swim gear. At least I was able to get some really nice shots.

Krka waterfall


Houses

Houses and shops on the opposite bank to the falls.



A small church further up the hill, back towards the bus stop.

Church


Jaruga turbine

I was surprised to learn that this was the site of the world's second commercial hydroelectric power plant, Jaruga, brought online in 1895. The first started production only weeks earlier, at Niagara Falls This turbine remains as a monument to the innovation.



Parts of the waterfall flow right past these buildings, seemingly kept out only by the perimeter walls.

Watery garden


Walkway

I was able to get a number of good shots from this handy walkway, built for the punters to get the best vantage point.



An old man takes in the view, with sensible and ergonomic "umbrella hat" sun precautions.

Expecting rain?


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