|Typically in rainforests, we’ve observed insects and birds as more colorful than in less dense areas of vegetation. Tima spotted this caterpillar we’d easily have missed.|
With Internet limitations and the difficulty of uploading photos at times its necessary to break up the sharing of photos into “parts,” as has been the case in many places we’ve traveled.
We’d considered sharing less photos, instead sharing just the highlights. For two reasons, we decided against that concept, preferring to break up our photos and stories into “parts” sharing those we find most appealing as we work our way through hundreds of photos we may take in a single outing.
|We giggled over this saying advertising a “10 minute” walk to the waterfall which my have been the case for young athletic types but certainly not for us old timers, walking gingerly to avoid falling!|
Our first reason for sharing as many photos as we can over a “series” is the fact that our readers have requested more photos. Secondly, its for the ongoing documentation of our travels at an online location that we hope will be available for generations to come.
Today’s waterfall photos and story will consist of two parts, today’s and tomorrow’s. The trek through the rainforest to the Vuadomo Waterfall was in itself, quite an experience, stopping along the way to take many photos and to revel in the beauty of the exquisite remote jungle.
|A short wooden ramp of three logs led to the stone path. When we ventured across those three logs, I expected an wobbly hike once we were on the rocks. Tima and Rasnesh waited for us while we loaded an extra battery into the camera.|
Throughout the world we’ve trekked through rainforest after rainforest. In essence, they are all similar in the vast amount of vegetation creating a canopy that at times blocks the view of the sky. This is where the similarities begin and end.
Here’s a definition of a rainforest:
rain forest in Science
We often hear about rainforests in reference to the above described Amazon River basin and the fact that so much precious plant and animal life is dwindling daily having a profound effect on our planet; the loss of plant, animal and insect species all vital to our existence in a myriad of ways.
As we’ve seen and visited all over the world, there are many massive smaller rainforests in many countries, many we’ve visited in our travels, each with its own unique forms of life and vegetation, although each possessing a similar vital aspect to our world’s ecosystem.
Here is Savusavu, we need only to look out the window where we can easily feel a part of the ecosystem in this densely forested area overlooking the sea. Although our immediate surroundings may not be specifically referred to as a rainforest, living in this jungle-like area gives us a perception of doing so, especially when only across this expansive bay in front of us, we traveled by car to Vuadomo, entering a true rainforest on the trek to the waterfall on the privately owned sacred grounds of the Vuadomo people.
To call the walk to the Vuadomo Waterfall a “trek” is by no means a misnomer. Its indeed quite a trek. At certain points, I was reminded of the dangerous trek to the Queen’s Bath, (click here for the story and photos), one we foolishly insisted on doing, only grateful for the experience long after it safely ended.
The walk to the Vuadomo Waterfall was steep and unrelenting with a narrow rocky base at times interrupted by steep uneven steps to navigate to a higher elevation. After all, waterfalls are generally located at an elevation to some degree. At one point, our ears popped.
As we walked in single file, Tom and I spoke of the difficult long ago trek to Petra, Jordan (click here for the story and photos) in the scorching heat of 40C, 104F. Although it was dry heat, it literally dried the moisture in our mouths, making swallowing difficult.
At no point, did we considered turning back or complaining aloud. Over wet rocks and slippery vegetation, we continued on, anxious to see the waterfall we’d heard so much about from the locals. All we needed to do was get there and back without stumbling and falling.
Her thoughtful assistance, insight and educational comments made the journey all the more interesting and enriching. Finally, after about 20 minutes, we heard the waterfall shortly before it was visible. The sound of the rushing water sent a thrill through both of us.
We could only assume that as long ago as the villagers first settled in Vuadomo they stumbled upon this exquisite gift from their God or higher power, lovingly nurtured by Mother Nature in her exquisite rainforest design, trees to the heavens of many varieties, many fruit bearing, birds and small creatures each in their own way contributing to the ecosystem.
The waterfall, although not huge, which we hadn’t expect, was as beautiful as rushing water can be. With recent non-stop rains the water easily flowed with an intensity we found mesmerizing.
After photos, we were back on the trek to return to Rasnesh’s vehicle awaiting us at the entrance to the path. We’d brought along only one bottled water which by then was almost hot when we each took a few much needed sips.
Rasnesh had to pick up a traveler from the airport giving us more time in the market than we needed with its only three aisles. While shopping, we met a lovely couple our age, she from Florida, USA and he from Canada, who’d been sailing their catamaran in the world’s sea over the past eight years, soon to settle on the Big Island in Hawaii. Lively conversation ensued, making the wait for Rasnesh fly by.