Posts Tagged ‘waterfall’

Padley Gorge in Longshaw Estates

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On the way back from our most recent trip to Lincoln, we stopped at Longshaw Estates, a beautiful National Trust property that provides extensive opportunities for walkers to have a good stroll.

I immediately headed for the confines of Padley Gorge and peaty water cascading over mossy stones while emerald branches swayed overhead. There I found a few photo ops including the scene below.

I’ll definitely have to go back and spend a longer time there and I’m guessing it’s a pretty fine place to be when autumn arrives.

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Padley Gorge


Wall of Waterfalls

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As promised, here’s the last of the waterfall shots from the Plitvice Lakes.

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Wall of Waterfalls


Wispy Waterfalls

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I hope you’re not sick of Plitvice’s waterfalls yet. I have one more after this to post and then, no more for a while. I promise.

Wispy Waterfalls


Another Plitvice Stream

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This was one of the first shots I took in Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was a good indication of all the magnificent sights to be seen in this area.

Located at the upper lakes, this little cascade went directly underneath the walkway I was standing on to get this shot.

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Plitvice Stream


Plitvice Panorama

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Happy 2011 everyone!

We finished 2010 with plenty of shots from Croatia’s wondrous Plitvice National Park and I have another batch of lovely waterfalls to share, so let’s get on with it.

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Plitvice Waterfall Panorama


Another Plitvice Waterfall

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As a last little photo of the day before Christmas, we’ll continue our walk through the magnificent Plitvice lakes and stop briefly and this babbling brook to admire the scenery and breathe in the fresh forest air. Breathe in deeply. Relax…

Plitvice Waterfall

And now that you’re feeling nice and chilled out, I hope that feeling carries on for you through the holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy new year everyone!


Veliki Slap – The Big Waterfall (part II)

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As I mentioned in the previous post, here’s a pulled-back shot of Veliki Slap, the big waterfall in the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia.

In this one, you can see the tiny little people on the left-hand side of the image and that should let you know just how huge the waterfall is.

Veliki Slap


Veliki Slap – The Big Waterfall

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Veliki Slap is is not just the largest in the Plitvice Lakes, it’s the largest in Croatia – 78 metres of frothing fun. I did have to stitch together a number of images to get this vista thanks to its height.

I’ll admit that this photo suffers a little from a lack of scale. It needs a tiny little human at the bottom to show just how big it really is, but one is allowed any closer than the point at which I was standing. That’s for the best really. The park has done a great job of keeping the area pristine and I would hate to have to make exceptions just for little ol’ me.

Wait for the next photo of the day to see what I mean. In it, I’ve pulled back (a lot!) to show just how huge the waterfall really is.

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Veliki Slap


Plitvice Stream

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One of the challenges of photographing the waterfalls of Plitvice is that you have to take most of your shots from the wooden walkways throughout the park. Unfortunately, they weren’t designed with photographers in mind. How rude!

The problem is just that the walkways are rather shaky. It doesn’t matter how stable your tripod is, when anyone moves, your camera moves. Even when someone is a good 50 feet away, you may feel their vibrations disturbing your camera’s equilibrium. That just means that patience is the order of the day.

The only problem with that, however, is that these walkways are sometimes a bit narrow and you might have a few impatient tourists queueing up behind you if you’re not paying attention to your personal space. So, you have to be both patient and considerate. You should be anyways, but consider this a reminder to everyone out there. It is Christmas after all and you don’t want to end up on the naughty list.

This shot was a good example of the above. Narrow walkway? Check. Busy area? Check (two paths converged nearby). Also this one also has a path in the shot, (upper right), so I had to wait for the path to clear in the shot as well as for the vibrations to cease. But like I said, a little patience and we’re done.

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Plitvice Waterfall


Plitvice Waterfalls from Above

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This shot of some of the lower falls in Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park gives a sense of place and scale to the walkways and paths a visitor gets to walk.

How I wish I was one of those little people down there right now.

When checking into the hotel there, the lovely clerk who helped us, told us to come back after we had explored a little bit of the lakes and then tell us for how long we would like to extend our stay. Her confidence was not misplaced – we booked an extra night as soon as we got back. She knew very well just how seductive the park could be.

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Plitvice Waterfalls from Above


Plitvice Pathway

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Today’s image shows you just what it’s like to walk on top of a waterfall at the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. As I mentioned in the previous post, these walkways are well-integrated into the landscape and keep you close to the most interesting sites in the area.

I have a feeling these paths might sometimes be tricky if the seasons decide they want to flood or freeze the area. In places, portions of the walkways were sometimes a bit damp from encroaching water. In the midst of a spring thaw, I imagine the water must get quite a lot higher than what I witnessed. Winter must also make walking on the paths into an adventure, but the sight of a host of frozen waterfalls probably makes you quickly forget about that slip that landed you on your behind.

I visited in the tail end of the summer and the green trees beautifully complimented the azure waters of the lakes. A hint of autumn colour was starting to shine through and it must have been a pretty spectacular sight a few weeks later.

So, I guess what I’m saying is that it’s probably a fun spot to visit any time of the year!

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Plitvice pathway


Photo of the Day: Golitha Falls

Golitha Falls

Today’s image is another from Cornwall, specifically, a perfect spot called Golitha Falls.

As tranquil as could be, this perfect forest full of gnarled, moss-covered trees at the edge of Bodmin Moor is home to a babbling stretch of the river Fowey. It’s a short walk, but every view along the way is picture perfect.

This shot, though it may not look it, is actually a panoramic stitch of about 15 images. I actually expected it to come out more horizontal than vertical, but this crop worked best of all. The scene really did sweep around me, but the resulting panorama doesn’t necessarily capture that. That’s not to say I’m unhappy with the shot. Far from it!

To get it, I did have to perch somewhat precariously on the edge of a rock, but the risk proved worthwhile.

Overcast days are good for shots like these. With less light on the scene, it’s easier to get a longer shutter speed to blur the motion of the water and you also avoid any nasty hot spots on the ground.



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