Wandering Past the Cliffs to the Waterfall

Waterfall - Rubber Plantation WalkCliff - Edge - Trees  smw, slt has been back in the hills, able for the first time in very nearly a month to get out and about. It was a gorgeous day – dry season has arrived, so it’s not too terribly hot…which was a real gift, since there was such an enormous group out for this popular hike through a rubber plantation near Port Moresby. With such a large group, after our brief stop at the waterfall you saw above, our group got a wee bit split up and I & some friends ended up with the group that didn’t follow the sanctioned path, and ended up doing a rather fun bit of bush-whacking – fun for some of us, not enjoyable for others who I think found it more than they’d gambled on. I’m glad of the good weather because I would not have enjoyed the bush-whacking in the wet, humid, hot season nearly as much…probably not at all in fact. Paul in Grasslands on RP Walk As an aside, I’m sorry I was too wrapped up in a great chat with a(nother) friend to get any photos of the rubber-tapping cups on the trees. But you can always go back here if you wanna see yours truly’s take on rubber trees being tapped: https://somuchworldsolittletime.wordpress.com/2006/08/20/rubber-trees/, from a stroll through another plantation in Malaysia some years ago. If that’s not enough, we’ll likely go to this plantation again and I’ll try to get some more rubber-tree shots for you then…I must also offer a FAR MORE important apology, right: turns out my lens had something on it, which I didn’t notice. I’m hoping it’s not a permanent scratch. I’ve decided most of the pics are still worth showing despite the fuzzy bit, and I hope you agree…this shot immediately below, taken during the up-and-down bushwhacking part that was not in the original plan, is an example. Cross your fingers with me that this is not something permanently on the lens…Boulders - Trees - Grass - RP WalkCliff's Edge - RP Walk  Above and below, and then again several times, you see the extraordinarily sheer and steep cliff drop-off where the water fall was. It’s shocking, dramatic, scary, and very beautiful all at once. I’d been on this hike once before last year, and forgot my camera that time. This time I was determined to have it along so I could catalog the views for myself.Flowers & A BackgroundFlowers & MountainsWhite & Orange FlowersForested Vista

Paul - Rubber Plantation Walk  Grasslands & Trees     Grassy Hills & Trees - RP Walk   Hills - Trees - Cliffs  I suspect I’m overdoing the shots of the cliff and drop-off, but it truly is so startling and compelling that I kept snapping. And I’ve been selective about what I put up on here, honestly!  As you see, the walk took in grasslands with gum trees, steep hills strewn with boulders as though a giant had gotten angry and started throwing them about, and lots more. It’s great hike – I just wish my camera didn’t have that obnoxious bit on the shots of some of my favorite parts!Off the Edge - RP WalkRocky - Treey HillsideShadow & Drof-off RP WalkShrub & Churning WaterSouthern Owen Stanleys on RP WalkSteep Drop 1 - RPTumbling Water & Distant VistaVista from RP WalkPaul at Drop-Off - RP Walk
Walkers by the Waterfall   Water before the Dropoff   Waterfall - RP Walk   Waterfall from Above  

9 responses

  1. Bill McCuskey

    Awesome, Paul!!! Makes some of the Sierras look like a walk in the park……………

    June 9, 2013 at 20:04

  2. Steve Dickman

    Gorgeous photos, Paul. Thanks for sharing. The only thing missing is some rattlesnakes…

    June 10, 2013 at 00:50

  3. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul! It looks like a tropical paradise! Would love to do that hike! Enjoy!

    June 10, 2013 at 01:00

  4. Diane Rachiele

    Some of those perspectives left me feeling a bit woozy. As for the lens issue, fuzzy bits so frequently populate my life that I hardly notice them anymore … 😉

    June 10, 2013 at 05:20

    • I’m glad they leave you woozy, Diane: means they communicate the experience fairly well! 🙂 I suppose I should try to pass off the fuzziness as art rather than error, but it’s not quite my style…

      June 11, 2013 at 12:44

  5. Nancy Andrews

    Excellent, Paul! What was the temp while you were doing all is?

    June 10, 2013 at 09:15

  6. Sarah Quinnell

    Takes me back ……… – thanks. Stay safe and hydrated!

    June 10, 2013 at 20:13

  7. Jean

    Bushwhacking in shorts!! Tsk!Tsk! On the other hand, it was an adventure not to be missed.

    June 11, 2013 at 06:34

    • Agreed, Jean: and I do have a rather deep cut that I’ve been disinfecting and so on. The shorts were worn for one reason: wanted to go swimming & they’re swim shorts. I sorta regretted it, but as long as the cut heals without need for more serious intervention, I’ll decide it was a risk worth taking… :-/

      June 11, 2013 at 12:42

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