Saturday, June 4, 2011

The hike ... continued

You might want to freshen up your mosquito repellent - seems they really appreciate visitors to their neck of the woods.

After walking down the trail to get nearer the river, we'll scramble over a few moss-covered rocks to get down by the water.

(18-55mm  f11  1/5 sec  ISO200)

Now we can see the waterfalls from below.

(18-55mm  f11  1/125 sec  ISO200)

Scrambling back up over the rocks we rejoin Sasha by the trail, and start following it again as it meanders along the river. A few people had come along but now we have the place to ourselves again. The river seems to disappear around a corner up ahead. After avoiding some very muddy areas we come to solid rock. Bushes block our view but we can hear rushing water. We work our way around the bushes and then come upon this sight.

(18-55mm  f14  1/40 sec  ISO200)

This explains why the river 'disappeared' from our earlier vantage point. After tumbling over these falls, the river enters a narrow 'canyon' with steep walls that make access difficult. So we'll content ourselves by lingering awhile and looking at some of the wild flowering bushes that are in their spring glory. No need to hurry back to civilization.

(both of the following shots: 70-200mm  f5.6  1/60 sec  ISO200)


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The scenery is gorgeous.I like this kind of hikes,because I can take them at the end of a busy day and not feel tired from the walk.Thanks.

darlin said...

Wow, not much else to say but wow! Beautiful scenery and amazing shots, no wonder you weren't in a rush to leave. Have a wonderful Sunday Rick.

magda said...

Fantastic photos Rick!!!
The nature is wonderful!!!
Thank you
Have a good week!!!

I'm so happy that to enjoyet Amsterdam!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

a wonderful hike, Rick, i absolutely enjoyed it. :)

magical and refreshing place, and super awesome photos!!
loved all of them.

thanks so much.

have a lovely day!

plus: your header is lovely, too.

Soraia B. said...

Great photos :D

S. Etole said...

what beauty there ...

teca said...

Beautiful place! Pretty pictures! What flowers so delicate...
Thank you for sharing this magical moment with nature.
Good week, honey.
A very sweet beijo, a warm hug and love.

Saz said...

Rick, these photo's are stunning! And I love how your talking us through the trail. The narration and pictures really help me to visualise it!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Beautiful place, so lush and full of color.

Hilda R.B said...

This photos are beautiful. The colour and bacground is wonderful. Great job!

Nancy said...

What a gorgeous place for a hike. Love the water photos and of course, the woodland flowers. Just beautiful, Rick! :)

Michelle said...

I enjoyed the hike...especially the last two photos. Thanks for bringing us along.

Rick said...

Thank you, Ruth - this is my idea of unwinding !

Thanks Darlene. Yep, I spent over 2 hours in this stretch along the river and between the 2 waterfalls - just an awesome place. Hope your week is off to a good start !

Thank you Magda - I agree, nature is wonderful. I really enjoyed your series on Amsterdam, and Holland !

Thanks so much Betty. These are my kind of places, and I love it when people have discovered them and let me know ! Have a wonderful week !

Rick said...

Obrigado, Soraia !

Absolutely, Susan - a great place to simply linger and enjoy the creation !

Thank you for your visit, your kind words, and beijos, teca. It is in nature, far from the rush and crowds that a little peace may be found. Have a great week !

Thank you Saz - glad you enjoyed coming on the stroll with me ! ;-)

Rick said...

Thanks Elizabeth - it truly was very scenic and colourful !

Thank you very much, Hilda !

Thanks, Nancy - places like that are just wonderful to 'get lost' in !

Thank you, Michelle - it was my pleasure; glad you enjoyed coming along !