The name of the country in Montenegrin, the local language, is Crna Gora, which means Black Mountain. This is because of the dark, nearly black pine trees that once covered the mountains. Today those slopes are covered with dense green forests overlooking wild mountain rivers and beautiful, clear lakes.
Driving south from the Bosnian border, we headed into Durmitor National Park, a mountainous range popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter, and hikers and bikers during the rest of the year. In the distance we could see Sedlo Mountain (height 2,180 meters / 7,152 feet), which looks like a horse's saddle.
Prutaš Mountain rises to a height of 2,393 meters (7,851 feet) and is marked by completely vertical sediment layers. At its foot I discovered a deep pit filled with snow and a hidden lake.
Not far from the town of Žabljak, the center of the country's mountain tourism, we arrived at Crno Jezero, the Black Lake - the major attraction of the Durmitor. There is a 3.5 kilometer walking path around the lake, which is one of some 18 glacial lakes in the park.
|The Black Lake|
Biogradska Gora is a national park in central Montenegro. With a great diversity of flora and fauna, the park is the only temperate rain forest in Europe; it has been a protected area since 1878.
Originally posted at The Huffington Post.