Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

One of the series of cascades in Val de Jeret (Jeret Valley), Hautes-Pyrénées, France


The gushing of a waterfall as it tumbles on rocks and deep ravine is a sight to see. So imagine a series of them as you walk through 4 km of woods, each cascade a beauty on its own. This is what you will see if you go to Val de Jeret (Jeret Valley) in Cauterets, Hautes-Pyrénées.
There are two ways to see these successive waterfalls--- on a car through a winding road or on foot through a trail in the woods. I would suggest the latter. By car, it might be easier but you cannot just stop to admire the cascades because the road is sinewy and parking is not allowed except for one or two areas along the road. By taking the trail, I think you could appreciate the view more --- you can make your stop as often as you want. And I believe a world of enchantment open as you enter the woods with its canopy of leaves with shafts of sunlight making their way through the gaps, its tranquility and a sense of entering a different world where knights go looking for princesses; and elves and fairies reign.

Then you will hear the surge of water from a distance, the rumbling sound a welcome and refreshing note after your walk (the trail ascends up to around 450 m above sea-level from the point of your departure). Each cascade offers its own charm and coquettishness as you weave your way through the forest. It is very tempting to take a dip but by the sheer force of the falls, I guess a strong swimmer might have second thoughts (besides, you’re not supposed to go into the water). One great perk --- you can have your fill of the view and enjoy it to your heart’s content without paying anything! It’s free. Just do your share of respecting nature.

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18 comments:

napaboaniya said...

One of the most wonderful sounds on earth are made by water. I'm sure it sounds heavenly and peaceful around there.

Indrani said...

Great moments of peace... feel like being there almost.

Shiela said...

Looks so inviting.

Happy Wednesday!

Katarina i Kullavik said...

Great shot - the rush of water and the sun through the fragile leaves...
Beautiful! /Katarina

Maya said...

my place to meditate... surely will find my zen here.
I feel like seeing i'm peeking on a paradaise.
Happy WW.

SandyCarlson said...

Ah, do your share of respecting nature! Well put. This is gorgeous.

gina said...

Gorgeous- I could swear I was there. You did a wonderful job with your description as well!

the teach said...

Just beautiful! cascading water is wonderful to be around! :D

Mariposa said...

The y have said it all best! Happy WW!

catsynth said...

I would love to visit this someday. Thanks for sharing.

There are some great small waterfalls out here, it's always a good goal on a hike to end up by a waterfall.

Happy WW.

June said...

I've never seen...and have never even thought of this type of scenery when I think of France. Beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

Urban Thought said...

You've captured the moment. Nature is a beautiful thing.

Happy WW!

Sassy Mama Bear said...

What a lovely place, I would love to get there someday.
Thanks for stopping by The Cafe for WW today.

Sindi said...

This is a beautiful picture and I love your message about respecting nature. Happy WW!

lareine said...

to everybody: thank you for taking the time to visit and leave a comment... the place is really worth visiting and the view more spectacular when you see it for real...

i think nature is the best artist :)

once again, thanks everybody and enjoy the rest of the week...

Madison Mancinelli said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog!! Wonderful thoughts! Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice review that you left on LF! Please stop by again!!

lisa marie said...

That is stunning! It reminds me a waterfall/rapid area here in northern Wisconsin. :)

lareine said...

to madison macinelli and lisa marie: thank you for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments... of course, i'll visit your blogs whenever i can...

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