Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Walk Through the Jungle



Deep into the wild and thick forests at Waa Waa, an unruly and almost untamed part of East Hawaii.  Even the roadway to this wilderness is pock-marked with deep potholes, water filled ponds collect everywhere and make it almost impossible to move along the muddy dirt road especially after a heavy rain.

It feels very magical here, like time has stood still for a very long time and you can almost imagine dinosaurs from a very long time ago actually living in this Jurassic Park like zone, even though that only happens in movies.




Amazing plants abound and grow way up in the tree canopy including this wild birds nest fern (Asplenium nidus), the leaves growing over five to six feet in length alone. I wish some were closer to the ground for me to bring back a plant for my garden, but these plants live way up in the trees hard for the plant collectors to reach.



Here is a longer shot of the fern high above the forest canopy and magically

it up by the shaft of light illuminating its beautiful leaves.


Large limbs or aerial roots drape from these large trees and are very solid as you can see

from a friend swinging here to test the strong roots.





Eventually we make it to the clearing at the end were deafening sounds of the ocean crashing

can be heard…we see the huge waves battering the coastline and throwing huge boulders onto the rough shoreline.  I took a shot of this imaginary piece symbol with the two rocks lit up the waves in the background.




This huge arch at the end of the rocky beach is the highlight of the hike, the waves are fierce and hurling huge sprays along the shoreline.









This was a wonderful and short hike, I’m glad this area is rarely traveled except for those who live in this area.




Andrea said...

Hi Noel, looks like you're back to blogging again. I love going to areas like that too, i bet you found a lot of small interesting things as well. Just like when we went to see the Sinarapan in Lake Bato, Camarines Sur (previous post), i was able to get birds' nest ferns from tree trunks which are now big in our garden. That shore after the forest looks scary. Now i remember doing what your friend did 'Tarzan' swing when we did the circle island bus in Oahu and dismounted at the North part.

Alistair said...

Magical in the true sense Noel. Keep it a secret.

Garden Sculptures said...

You can put your feet up in your garden with moulded sand stone frogs stretching besides you, hippy hippo lying lazily near you or simply a natural colour looking cat curling under a tree shade.

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