We have a beautiful river behind our house. I’ve posted a lot of photos in the past but it’s been a while, so I figured I could post some more. We also have a new way of getting to the river. There is a road behind our house but it has been so overgrown that it was useless until the teak guys came to the neighborhood (I posted a bit about harvesting teak in this post) They had to bring the logs up from down by the river so they cleared the road, and now we get to use it to visit the river.
I think the heavy rains have made the ruts on either side of the road a lot deeper but with care and good shoes, it’s a good way to get down there.
We got down below, made our way through some brush, and there was our river!
Everything is so green in the rainy season
There river isn’t deep here and there are a lot of rocks, so the sound of the water is loud enough to be easily heard up at our house
I set out behind Joel as we make our way through the woods
Of course I had to stop frequently because there was always another pretty scene
Instead of going back the way we came, we decided to make our way along the river to the stairs that lead back up to our neighborhood. It’s more of a scramble over rocks and fallen trees than a walk, but it’s fun and there are always interesting things to see as well as beautiful views.
It’s time to scramble over the rocks
Interesting things on a fallen tree
The tree on the left is huge, but the one on the right is massive!
We have strangler figs, trees that climb up and wrap themselves around other trees until they eventually kill the host tree. This one looks like it wrapped around two trees and made some really interesting shapes in the process.
More interesting things on a fallen tree
Getting closer. The rock wall on the other side is visible from our destination
We eventually made our way to the path that leads to the stairs. It’s hot and humid down there so by now we were really…. ahem…. glistening and I was a bit muddy from climbing over and under things, but we were rewarded by my favorite sight of the day.
Here the water is deep and quiet. I love the reflections and the calmness of this spot. It is rare that we see anyone else at the river, so usually the quiet is only broken by the birds that fly over the water or sing from the trees above.
I took the time to snap a few more photos before we left
I love the river
Quite a few of these interesting plants were blooming in the woods
We also saw some of these pretty blue flowers
At first the stairs rise so slowly they are more like a path, but later they get a lot steeper
Check out that huge vine climbing up the also huge tree
Before long, we are back in the neighborhood.
You would never find the stairs if you didn’t know where to look. Do you see that small mossy spot in the lower middle of the picture? They start right behind there.
A neighbor’s papaya tree is doing very well
We are so lucky to live where we do! Not only do we have a house that’s just perfect for us, in a nice quiet neighborhood with really nice neighbors, we are surrounded by woods with this beautiful river just beyond.
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