the very entrance to the Vela Luka bay, lies the island of Proizd
- one of the true pearls of the Adriatic. Nature abundantly bestowed
upon it its most precious gifts: crystal clear sea, sparkling white
pebbles and air rich in the soothing fragrance of Mediterranean
vegetation. The untouched nature and beauty are a feast to the sense
and the safest sanctuary from everyday urban living. Proizd is an
oasis where the natural insticts and compulsions find their fill.
pine tree (Pinus halepensis) is a distinctly Mediterranean variety.
It is spread out in North Africa and in Europe from southeast Spain
to the south of France, Italy and Croatia and to Greece, Israel
and Jordan. In Croatia it grows naturally on the Dalmatian islands
south of the town of Sibenik and along the coast south of the town
of Split. As already mentioned the pine tree is being planted in
crops, parks and set out in seedlings along the whole coastline
of Croatia. It is worth mentioning that a similar kind is the Pinus
brutia. Some scientists consider that the pinus brutia is only a
sort of the Pinus halepensis. These two sorts of pine are being
crossbred, but only when the Pinus brutia is taken from the female,
and the Pinus halepensis from the male parent. The crossbreeding
is taking over the characteristic of both parents, so that you never
be a hundred percent certain that the tree you are looking at is
a Pinus halepensis.