Although jasper comes in many colours, including yellow, green and greyish blue, here at Orinduik, the rocks are red.
Jasper is a semi-precious stone which is popular with gem cutters. It is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, a mineral from the quarts family which varies from transparent to opaque and is most usually found in red, brown or yellow - coloured by iron oxides.
Although Jasper is one of the most abundant minerals on earth (it makes up about 12% of the earth's crust), it still felt rather peculiar to walk on large surfaces of a rock which could be made into beautiful jewellery.
Jasper was very highly valued in ancient times, not only for its beauty, but also for its reputed magical and medicinal properties, when it was used to protect against pain, especially from childbirth. In medieval times jasper was said to give the wearer, with God's help, the power to heal insanity and to heal those possessed by devils.
The view from the air
The view of the rainforest from the aircraft as we left Orinduik really captivated me. I could sit and look down on the trees forever! It seems you don't know how many shades of green are around until you've seen a rainforest from the air!
The falls are not high, but the setting in the fact that they tumble over a semi-precious stone, make them very attractive.
From the airstrip there is a short walk down to the falls, over some rocks.
The falls are named after orin, a kind of sea weed which covers the rocks around the falls.
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There are also small pools at the bottom of the falls, which are deep enough for you to get in and swim. The water is really quite pleasantly warm.
The falls are ideally suited to swimming and bathing under the spray. It is incredibly refreshing on a hot day to sit under the falls and let yourslef be massaged by mother nature!