Posts Tagged "Croatia"

Croatia photography tour details finalized

Posted by on 20. January 2014 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Croatia photography tour details finalized

Croatia photography tour details finalized

Details about the upcoming photography tour to Croatia have been finalized and you can learn all about it here:   registration page   detailed itinerary In a nutshell: this is a 13-day photography tour of natural splendour and world heritage sites in some of the most beautiful and diverse regions of southern Europe. Discover new places with a group of like-minded people and capture memorable images in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. We will explore and photograph majestic medieval castles, ancient Roman palaces, interconnected turquoise lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park and the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – the walled city of Dubrovnik. When: September 29 – October 11, 2014 Cost: $2,700 per person based on double occupancy (all taxes included). Single room supplement is Cdn$...

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Video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia

Posted by on 27. December 2013 in Blog / Journal, Conservation, News & Events | Comments Off on Video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia

Video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia

I would like to share a short, 2 minute video made by a group of nature photographers from Croatia: Goran Safarek, Ante Zuljevic, Drasko Holcer and Italian videographer Claudia Amico. The video is called “Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia”. I met Goran on my last trip to Croatia in October. He is an excellent photographer and an extremely dedicated conservationist. Here is a short background to the video that Goran sent me. As a result of entering the European Union in 2013, Croatia became part of the Natura 2000 network.  This is the largest ecological network of protected areas in the world (more than 30,000 locations covering 20% of the EU surface area). The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. Natura 2000 represents the foundation of a sustainable economic development, considering nature as a provider of basic necessities for the betterment of humankind. At the same time, the network has been created to protect natural processes, plant and animal species and the habitats upon which they rely. Natura 2000 means humanity in nature, not nature without humans. This is the message we are trying to convey because of the often misguided perception that protected areas are impediments to the economic development; whereas, the truth is the opposite. This video is integral part of the project called “Together for Nature Conservation – Civil Society Organizations for Effective European Natura 2000 Network in Croatia”     Translation of Croatian text in the video: Natura 2000 – Pride of Croatia (0:03) Croatia is a country rich in protected natural heritage (0:19) Now part of a network of ecological areas in Europe (0:30) Sea, mountains, rivers, forests (0:38) Natural areas encompass 37% of the land surface and 16% of the sea (1:00) Large natural areas result from the existence of rich landscape and biological diversity (1:08) Natura 200 protects nature (1:20) Natura 2000 is not impediment to the investment (1:25) It supports sustainable agriculture and fisheries (1:33) Natura 2000: humanity in nature, not nature without humans (1:38) Natura 2000: an opportunity, not impediment to the economic development...

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Kayaking on river Kupa, Croatia

Posted by on 31. August 2012 in Blog / Journal | 1 comment

Kayaking on river Kupa, Croatia

On the last day of my holidays in Croatia, I decided to escape the heat and signed up for a kayaking trip down river Kupa. This beautiful river flows through rugged mountains of Gorski Kotar region in central Croatia. The source of river Kupa is located within the boundaries of Risnjak National Park. With its turquoise waters and bountiful plant and animal life, the Kupa spring is one the most beautiful wellsprings in Croatia. First 25 km of the river flow is fast, passing through a narrow canyon of St. Ana. A set of 5 rapids provide for a challenging rafting adventure during high water levels in spring and fall, and after heavy rains. After passing through the village of Brod na Kupi, the river slows down and is suitable for a more relaxing kayak and canoe-based trips. Here is where I booked a kayak with Goran Pernjak, owner and operator of the adventure and recreation tourism company Gorski Tok. His company specializes in rafting, canoeing and cross-country skiing tours. Goran lives in Delnice, about 20 minutes drive from Brod na Kupi. We arranged that someone will be waiting for me in Brod with the gear. Indeed, when I drove into the small compound filled with inflatable rubber rafts and various types of kayaks, I met with Goran`s wife Mirna and son Ivan. They quickly prepared a wide sit-on plastic kayak and gave me the necessary gear.  At this point, the river is more peacueful and allows for use of wide and stable kayaks that can accommodate two people. Because of the extremely dry summer, I did not expext to encounter many rapids and kept a small camera bag strapped over my shoulder (I used Lowepro SlingShot 200 AW for this trip). I encountered a little bit of white water, mostly riffles and small waves over ledges. I was told to paddle downstream for about 10 kilometres until a small suspension bridge where Mirna and Ivan would pick me up. I was given two hours to reach my destination, enough time for a leisurely paddle and a swim. After a short safety drill, I was on my way. The day was perfect to be spent on water; warm, sunny, with just enough breeze to keep pesky mosquitoes away. I slowly drifted with the flow, keeping watchful eye on rocks and occasional submerged tree trunk. The water was clear and I cloud easily see large trout gliding underneath my kayak. A kingfisher and a few other water birds kept me company throughout the trip. A heron and a hawk circled above, on a constant lookout for a tasty meal. Large portion of the upper part of Kupa when it flows through Gorski Kotar, the river forms a natural border between Croatia and neighbouring Slovenia. I encountered two groups from Slovenia; a party of ten in four rubber kayaks waring serious safety gear – helmets, life jackets and all the works. My non-waterproof camera bag and swim trunks felt completely inadequate. The second group of five seemed more relaxed. The dominant piece of technical of gear in their rubber raft was a large cooler. I did have a chance to briefly chat with them. They assured me that I do not have to be concerned about crossing into the Slovenian territorial waters as Slovenian Navy does not patrol this particular part of the river. They shared a drink from the cooler, in exchange for a few action shots. This was the first time I was paid for my photographic services right on the spot. I didn’t even have to write an...

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On holidays in Croatia

Posted by on 31. August 2012 in Blog / Journal | 1 comment

On holidays in Croatia

The web site has been neglected for a while as I was on holidays in Croatia, visiting my family. It was a very peaceful holiday, without too many activities. I had to recharge the batteries after a few busy months. And the school year will be starting again soon. I made a mistake of going to Europe in August. Last few years have been extremely hot, and 2012 was no exception. Air temperature the day I arrived in Zagreb was 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). That is very hot for a person used to gentle 25 C – 30 C summers. Needless to stay, I did not venture out of the house too often. Short trips for daily chores early in the morning, visiting friends in late afternoon or evening. I spent a lot of time with a good book in a shade. I did bring my camera with me and ventured out one morning to photograph my hometown. Just to be able to say that I did some photography. Close to the end of the holidays I went kayaking on river Kupa in the mountain region close to the border with neighbouring Slovenia. Below are some of the images taken while wandering through sun-scorched streets of Zagreb. More travel and landscape images of Croatia are posted in the stock photo library archive.      ...

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Old town of Rovinj at dusk. Istria, Croatia

Posted by on 2. January 2012 in Featured | Comments Off on Old town of Rovinj at dusk. Istria, Croatia

Old town of Rovinj at dusk. Istria, Croatia

Rovinj is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Istrian peninsula. It is a popular tourist destination, and still boasts an active fishing industry. It’s history dates back to the Roman times. Rovinj reached the peak of political influence from 13th to 18th century. The old town core has a beautiful set of cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses, surrounding an imposing church of St. Euphemia. The church’s bell tower was modelled after the St. Mark’s tower in...

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