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Varied Vegetation in Bouma National Heritage Park

Varied Vegetation in Bouma National Heritage Park

Year: 2014, Month: May

Fiji > Taveuni Island > Bouma National Heritage Park

Ireland, as we are frequently told, is easily identified by its '20 shades of green', but Ireland is by no-means the only country blessed in this manner. This month's 'Photo of the Month' shows an image that is almost entirely green, yet the different shades of that colour lend understanding and interest to the scene. It was a cloudy day with much mist and precipitation, yet a break in the cover gave me the opportunity to seize this stunning image of one of the valleys within the Bouma National Heritage Park before the clouds returned.

Bouma National Heritage Park is one of the prettiest areas within the exceptionally beautiful island of Taveuni, in the east of this Pacific island-nation. Taveuni (pronounced ta-veh-yooni) is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, with a total land area of 434 square kilometres (169 square miles). The cigar-shaped island, a massive shield volcano which rises from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, is situated 6.5 kilometres to the east of Vanua Levu, across the Somosomo Strait. It belongs to the Vanua Levu Group of islands and is part of Fiji's Cakaudrove Province within the Northern Division. The island had a population of around 9,000, some 75 percent of them indigenous Fijians, at the 1996 census. Taveuni has pristine rain-forest and abundant flora, and is known as the 'Garden Island of Fiji'. It is a popular tourist destination. Tourists are attracted to the excellent diving opportunities, unique bird life, bushwalks and waterfalls. Central parts of the island receive very high rainfall rates, and this combines with the high fertility of the volcanic soil to produce prolific greenery. Bouma National Heritage Park is situated in the south east of the island, and has a number of interesting treks to lookout points and waterfalls. Scenes for the 1991 movie 'Return to the Blue Lagoon' were filmed at the Tavoro Waterfalls, and at nearby Lavena Beach.

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