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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

PEARL'S ASHES #24: Chapter 13 Iguazu Falls

The two greatest waterfalls are Niagara and Iguazu, although Victoria would complain about this declaration.  While on average, the Niagara flows slightly more water, Iguazu is so much more awesome:
  • has a max flow more than five times that of the Niagara
  • is 50% higher
  • is three times wider
  • has 275 drops versus 3
  • is 200,000 years old compared to 12,000
  • is a UNESCO World Heritage Site--Niagara Falls not
  • but is difficult to reach
Iguazu Falls is shared by Argentina and Brazil, but Paraguay has some interest.  I consider this to be the most extraordinary natural wonder on Planet Earth.  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull  was filmed here.

It was on 26October2011 that I visited the falls and dropped off Pearl's ashes #24 right here:


Iguazu Falls is among the 7 New Wonders of Nature, selected by 100 million voters.  The others are Ha Long Bay (Vietnam), Jeju Island (South Korea), Amazon River (mostly Brazil, but also Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru and Ecuador), Komodo Island (Indonesia), Table Mountain (South Africa) and PP Underground River (Philippines).  Among the also rans were the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, Milford Sound, Angel Falls, Matterhorn, Uluru, Cliffs of Dover, Kilimanjaro, and the Black Forest.  One problem with the top seven was, for example, the South Korean government implemented a national plan to  insure for one survivor, Jeju Island.

Mind you, everyone has his own list, such as CNN's:

  • Grand Canyon.
  • The Great Barrier Reef.
  • The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro (right)
  • Mount Everest.
  • Northern Lights.
  • Paricutin Volcano.
  • Victoria Falls.
Got admit that this one seems more credible.

Next week Wednesday, Machu Picchu.

A final magical outcome of PaGA 2017 was the blooming of ten Cattleya Orchids upon my return.  Appreciate that through my lifetime I have purchased at least a hundred of these plants.  EVERY attempt I made to have them bloom again failed.  However, my absence meant that Darryl, 15 Craigside Environmental Services Manager, came in once a week to place two inches of water in various tubs I had holding my plants.  The result, Pearl's sunburst flowering, a harvest of calamansi and glorious cattleyas (four more are  ready to open up):


Here is my theory.  The orchid plants thought they were going to drown, so in desperation triggered a mechanism to survive by sprouting flowers.  I recall experts telling me keep the bottom of these plants dry.  Yes, of course, except when, after ten months or so, you want to scare them to bloom.  I wonder if this is a trade secret.

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