Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

February 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm 34 comments

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If you love to hike like I do, I suggest that you visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. You’ll be amply rewarded for it. It’s a hiker’s paradise offering many trails that engage the senses all at once. Every scenery is breathtaking especially when viewed from the top. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful places that I’ve seen or will ever see in this lifetime.

The park covers 185 square miles and is situated in a deep woodland between mountains populated by varieties of trees and vegetation. It features 12 Upper lakes and four lower lakes inter-connected by waterfalls descending from as high as 2,085 feet. It’s also home to several species of birds and animals. If the garden of eden does exist, this must be it.

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  • 1. Amy  |  February 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Beautiful waterfall photos! I wish to see the place in the future!

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm


      i hope you do. you take better pictures than me. 🙂

      • 3. Amy  |  February 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm

        That’s a wonderful compliment, Plaridel! 🙂

        • 4. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm


          the best compliment is the truth.

  • 5. Leigh W. Smith  |  February 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Breathtaking photos, Plaridel; thank you for sharing these!

    • 6. plaridel  |  February 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm


      i’m glad that you liked them. 🙂

  • 7. sustainabilitea  |  February 28, 2015 at 5:57 am

    It’s beautiful, Plaridel.


    • 8. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 9:44 am


      if you decide to go there, plan to stay for two days. it would be worth it.

  • 9. lifeconfusions  |  February 28, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I love hiking myself…I like the calm and walking through the green all around..So soothing and not to forget the ‘Reward’ of course, when you reach the place you were hiking to.
    The photos are breathtakingly beautiful. No wonder your reward was worth it. Spectacular Plaridel !

    • 10. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 9:45 am


      it’s really a beautiful place. i’m glad it wasn’t destroyed during the war in the 1990s.

      • 11. lifeconfusions  |  March 1, 2015 at 7:55 am

        Sometimes, some places stand the test of times 🙂

        • 12. plaridel  |  March 1, 2015 at 5:57 pm


          that’s very true, and, if i may add, they will continue to exist for as long as we remember them. 🙂

          • 13. lifeconfusions  |  March 2, 2015 at 6:29 am

            Absolutely…for many more centuries to come…hopefully.

            • 14. plaridel  |  March 2, 2015 at 4:37 pm


              hopefully it is. if anything, there won’t be room for disappointment as we won’t be around by then. 🙂

              • 15. lifeconfusions  |  March 3, 2015 at 6:56 am

                Haha, True…unless we manage to find fountain of youth ! lol

  • 17. weekly photo challenge: reward  |  February 28, 2015 at 6:31 am

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  • 18. jimholroyd365  |  February 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    It looks a rewarding hike, I hear Macedonia is also great for hiking,,,

    • 19. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 9:45 am


      i guess it’s one destination to put in the bucket list. 🙂

  • 20. Tina Schell  |  February 28, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Looks amazing; thanks for sharing!

    • 21. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 9:45 am


      i’m glad you liked them. thanks for visiting.

  • 22. Rachel Bjerke  |  February 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Wow! Just wow!

    • 23. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm


      wow! i’m glad you liked them. 🙂

  • 24. milliethom  |  February 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Lovely photos. Croatia certainly sounds beautiful. It’s also become a very popular destination for ‘us Brits’ in recent years. My husband and I have considered it a few times now. That particular national park you show does sound wonderful. Perhaps we’ll take a look sometime soon … Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    • 25. plaridel  |  February 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm


      croatia is indeed beautiful. i met some italians in rab island, croatia, and they said that’s the place they go when tourists invade their country.

      • 26. milliethom  |  February 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        It’s a sad thing about the tourist industry that. although it brings the necessary money/wealth to the country concerned, the local people suffer. In many places, tourists just aren’t welcomed – no matter how well behaved they are. It’s just the sheer numbers that locals hate. It’s not the case everywhere, of course. I’d love to see Croatia. Your post convinced me of that. 🙂

        • 27. plaridel  |  March 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm


          it’s not only locals that complain but other tourists as well. crowded streets and long lines don’t make a memorable vacation. if you’ve been to venice in the middle of summer, for example, you’d know what i mean.

          • 28. milliethom  |  March 2, 2015 at 2:40 am

            I agree with what you say, Plaridel. Our insatiable desire to visit all these lovely places causes a heck of a lot of problems. I’ve yet to vist Venice, but that’s on the cards, too.

            • 29. plaridel  |  March 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm


              as the famous traveler, rick steves always says, “travel, like the world is a series of hills and valleys. be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. it somethng’s not to your liking, change your liking.”

  • 30. Suzanne Joshi  |  March 2, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Beautiful scenes, Plaridel. 🙂

    • 31. plaridel  |  March 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm


      what’s really amazing was to see the waters changing colors based on the time of day.

  • 32. Sonia Lal  |  March 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The pictures are beautiful!

    • 33. plaridel  |  March 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm


      thank you. i’m glad you liked them. 🙂

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