Sunday, 20 June 2010

Krka National Park, Croatia

More outstanding natural beauty, this time from Croatia. This one arrived from a swap with Roberto, but I also have a lovely postcard pal, Nives, there, so I've been fortunate to see glimpses of this beautiful country.

Krka is one of the Croatian national parks, named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is located in central Dalmatia, in Šibenik-Knin county, downstream of Miljevci area and just a few kilometers northeast of the city of Šibenik. It was proclaimed a national park in 1985 and is the seventh national park in Croatia. It is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities. Due to its special position and the mosaic distribution of various types of habitats, it is characterized by exceptionally rich and varied flora and fauna. Eight hundred and sixty species and subspecies of plants have been identified within the territory of the Krka National Park, including several endemic Illyrian-Adriatic species.

This card shows the beautiful Skradinski buk waterfall. The combined waters of the Krka and Čikola Rivers flow over the 17 steps at Skradinski buk, distributed along the 800 metres in length. The width of the cascades is between 200 and 400 metres with a total height difference of 45.7 metres. Travertine formations in the upper portion of the river include thresholds, travertine islands, draperies and barriers, while the lower portion has caves and tufts. A walking trail has been constructed over the river.

The stamps on the card are very pretty, too. The stamp on the left is from a set of 5 stamps issued in 2008, portraying Croatian Ethnographic Heritage. This one shows Folk costume from Bizovac. The stamp in the middle was issued this year and is from a set of 3 stamps representing Croatian fruits. This one here shows the Woodland strawberry. The stamp on the right was also issued this year and is from a set of 4 stamps depicting famous Croats. The person here is the art historian and university teacher Grgo Gamulin.

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