Sunday, August 07, 2011
Akaka Falls, Hawaii. These falls descend 442 feet into a stream-carved gorge and are surrounded by lush tropical jungle full of ginger, heliconia and orchids. Most of the exotic flowers were originally planted, giving it the atmosphere of a botanical gardens where the plants have settled in and begun to self-propagate. For you orchid growers, I will note that both the Vandas (luzonica) and the Cymbidiums (aloifolium?) had seed pods on them and have apparently gone native.