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Thanks to the stubbornly persistent pull of gravity, all water eventually makes its way to the sea. River mouths, especially those that carve their way through sandy beaches, are constantly changing. When the rains are plentiful and the rivers flow strong, a deep and prominent channel is often carved through the beach and a dynamic plume of fresh water extends offshore. When the rains are weaker, like in the photo above, the river flow will battle against the ocean waves which cyclically push sand to fill in the conduit. In this photo the channel is nearly blocked, causing fresh water to accumulate in the river until a critical point is reached and it reopens again.
We trekked off the main road towards a river mouth to explore where the fresh water of the mountains flows into the sea. Dominica is a perfect place to examine the importance of the water cycle, the journey of H2O from the sky, across the land, into the ocean and back again. In manmade cities it's easy to forget how important this journey is, but here in unspoiled wilderness we are constantly reminded of it.
A thin peninsula separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea on the southern tip of Dominica. Despite their close proximity, the two sides exhibit noticeable differences. The Caribbean (right) is calm and teaming with shallow coral reefs while the Atlantic (left) undulates with long period swells that continuously pound and reshape ragged coastline.
During tropical storm Erika in 2015, massive rainfall caused the rivers of Dominica to flow with such intensity that enormous boulders were moved, exposing geothermal hot springs that were previously hidden. The hot water supports a myriad of life that results in an orange discoloration of the rocks seen above. Resting in the pools where the cold waterfall flows meet the steaming hot water from deep in the Earth is a pleasant break from the day's climb.
Nahjie (left) and Berrani (center, airborne) grew up in a quiet mountain town in Dominica and have been exploring the islands labyrinth of canyons since they were kids. Back then they wore no helmets, shoes or wetsuits and had no ropes. Later they graduated to repelling down with old telephone wires. Today, with the help of climbing equipment, they showed us why they have what they describe as "the best backyard on Earth." Thank you for sharing it with us 👊🏼
We teamed up with @sperry to explore the wild rain forests of Dominica. Considered one of the wettest places on Earth, areas of the island can receive over 350 inches of rain a year! As this water makes its way to the sea, it carves out vast canyons in the mountainsides that adventure seekers can explore. Big ups to the team at Extreme Dominica for showing us their amazing backyard!
Over the next 2 months we'll be exploring the contrast between nature and cities as artists in residence at @biscaynenaturecenter through support from @knightfdn We'll be experimenting with different types of photography, videography and VR as we try to capture the beauty of one of Miami's hidden treasures!