The early morning bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park was full, so it's a good thing I bought my ticket the night before. After about two hours, we arrived in the park. I bought a ticket for the 1630 bus to Zagreb, so that gave me about six hours to explore.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most visited sites in Croatia (I was there on a Monday, and the place was packed; I shudder to think what the summer weekend crowds are like). The main attracition is a series of around 15 crystal clear lakes connected by waterfalls of varying sizes. After paying an exorbitant entrance fee (180 kn), I got on a bus which took me to the uppermost lake. From there, I walked down a very well constructed trail which weaves through the park, passing most of the interesting lakes and waterfalls. At some point, the path dead ends in dock and there is a boat waiting to shuttle you across one of the larger lakes. Photography was difficult since the lakes and waterfalls were backlit most of the time (perhaps I should have hiked in the other direction), but due to sheer stubbornness I managed to get some good pictures.
The water is an amazing clear blue color, and in most places you can see all the way to the bottom.
The water is clear enough so that you can not only see fish but also their shadows on the bottom of the lakes.
There are numerous waterfalls of all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Here is the same waterfall photographed at two different shutter speeds.
I like this reflection photo.
And here are the large waterfalls at the end of the trail, seen from a distance.