Weekly Photo Challenge: Green
For this week’s photo challenge of green I chose to highlight a photo from the Valle de Cocora in Salento, Colombia. Salento is a quiet little town during the week that turns into a bustling, bursting at the seams pueblo each weekend. Just a short ride in the back of an old Willy Jeep dropped us off at the start of the trek. Steeply sloped mountains smoothed out to a lush, verdant stretch of a naturally perfect valley withing cows grazing in the pastures surrounding us. Thick forests were cut by deliciously crisp streams with rickety swing bridges providing the passageways across. Shortly after getting into the thick of the forest it began to rain hard. Visibility was lost for the next hour or so as we ascended into a cloud forest that was home to massive pine trees. At this point it looked like we were not going to have decent conditions to see the highlight of the walk, the valley filled with gigantic wax palms that stretch up to 180 feet in the sky. At the top of the forest we paused and watched as the clouds were swept away by the mountain winds. As we began descending down into the valley we were greeted with a view that stunned all of us. The green of the valley was more beautiful than I could have imagined, highlighted by the afternoon sun.