Secrets of Otočac and Gacka

"You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly." Rumi

Frane Kapić, a civil engineer from Mutogras Podstrana in Croatia is an amateur photographer that creates breathtaking photos using only a mobile phone.

As a civil engineer, he travels all over Croatia and captures the places he visits, as a way of preserving a memory on some special moments. In the city of Otočac he worked on a project of building Bowling club Otočac, so he spent a few months there.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the nature in Otočac, and the valley of the river Gacka. This part of Croatia is insufficiently promoted, and has so much to offer! I recommend that visitors try numerous activities like zip line, fishing, quad rides, kayak rides…”

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.”

“I publish photos that have a special meaning to me, that hide a special story. Therefore every time I add a quote it connects the motive from the photo and a feeling, memory or a lesson. I prefer the quotes of other people because I believe that every topic has some good quote that a person smarter than me once said”

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, it is always in proportion. Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed, and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart.”

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde

At the end, Frane adds that everyone visiting Plitvice Lakes should definitely take the time to visit Otočac area and explore Lika.

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

PHOTO: Frane Kapić

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