Photograph of Plitviče National Park by Alex Nichol

Plitviče National Park

I had to abandon my plans to ride the Vršič Pass in northern Slovenia due to an unscheduled apocalypse; head-height fork lightning, pea-soup and rain drops the size of hazelnuts bouncing two feet off the ground aren’t the safest conditions for riding a twisty mountain pass.

Photograph of Plitviče National Park, Croatia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

So I turned south instead, chasing the sun over the border to Croatia, where I found it burning a pleasant 26°c not far short a Zagreb and barely a cloud in the sky. But it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Photograph of Plitviče National Park, Croatia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

The 2.5 hour journey to Plitviče National Park turned out to be 5.5 hours thanks to 3-mile queue at the border. Unfortunately, the border between Croatia and Slovenia is ruthlessly protected at both sides.

Photograph of Plitviče National Park, Croatia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

Plitviče is essentially a collection of over a dozen aquamarine pools and waterfalls, which under any other circumstances would be absolutely stunning, but after the enormity of what I’d seen in the last ten days travelling through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, it seemed a bit... meh.

Photograph of Plitviče National Park, Croatia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

Really, you need to spend all day there to get most out of it, and it’d be a lot more fun hiring a rowing boat and going off-piste on the lake, but I didn’t have time; I had to get back across the border to Mordor.

Photograph of Plitviče National Park, Croatia by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.


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