The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Durmitor National Park with a portfolio of photos by Peter Howard from a visit in May 2019, and additional material provided by Sue Stolten and Nigel Dudley (Equilibrium Research, who visited in July 2017). The photos illustrate the landscape features of this outstanding place, together with some of the typical plants and animals. Despite the steep terrain, there are a number of all-weather roads through different parts of the park and established driving ‘tour circuits’ that provide easy vehicular access to key areas, from where short walks can be made. The slideshow starts with scenes from the main east-west P14 road that traverses the park over the spectacular Sedlo Pass (1908m), where nearby peaks display some awe-inspiring contorted rock strata. During winter, while the lower mountain slopes around Durmitor are thronging with skiers, this pass is snow-bound and remains closed until late spring, when snow-drifts are cleared sufficiently to allow the passage of vehicles. At this time crocuses appear in great profusion and the alpine pastures come alive.
The next section of the slideshow features some of the exhibits in the park Visitor Centre near the Black Lake. This provides a useful introduction to the ecology of the place, including a selection of stuffed animals, insects and plant species that visitors might be lucky in the wild! The Black Lake and its surrounding forests and mountain peaks are shown, followed by views of the Tara River gorge, steeped in cloud, its flanks cloaked in dense forest. Some of this forest is subject to careful harvesting, using traditional methods involving extraction of logs by horse. The upland pastures in many areas within the park have been used by shepherds, some of whom still live in the area, and their traditional homes punctuate the alpine landscapes. The main feature of the western part of the park is the Susica river gorge, with its glacial lakes and remnant population of chamois.
The final part of the slideshow illustrates the lower-lying parts of the park, along the Tara River Gorge, starting at the Tara Bridge and following the P4 route towards Mojkovac. The Tara River cuts through a spectacular steep-sided gorge, with ancient beech forests hugging the river banks below exposed rock faces.