Curug - Cilember Waterfall
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This panorama was taken during my business trip to Jakarta in March 2013.
I arrived in Jakarta I was quickly overwhelmed with the amount of
traffic, the pollution, the impact humans made on the environment here,
leaving very little room for the nature to thrive.
I learned that the city was home to over 28 million people... but
unofficially that number could actually be closer to 35 million.
put it into perspective: take the New York City metropolitan area,
shrink its size twenty eight times (28x !!!), and add extra 50 to 80%
of its population to that newly created area. Voila!
week of noisy and smelly motorbikes driving just about everywhere -
including the walkways, I needed a break; I needed to catch my breath
again. It almost felt as if I was staying underwater for the whole time
holding my breath, feeling as if my lungs were about to explode from
holding it for too long.
But where to go? Where to escape the
endless river of motorbikes? Well, the great thing about the nature is
that humans actually have to put a lot of effort to modify the natural
environment in order to suit their needs and to keep it that way. The
nature is constantly trying to take back what was taken away from it,
and you can certainly see it in the tropics. If we humans, have
suddenly disappeared from Earth, it wouldn't take long before the
nature took over, and only a decade later one could hardly recognize
the places humans used to exist in.
And so there I was - only
few kilometers away from one of the busiest metropolises in the world,
standing right in the middle of what looked like a totally different
world, with thick rainforest - with just about each and every shade of
green there exists, beautiful rippling waterfalls, birds chirping, and
the most beautiful butterflies you can think of - gently gliding
through the air...
What a feast to the senses and soul!