Like the big rope belt on Bàbásàlá’s waist, a ‘silver-plated’ road winds up the slopes of a gigantic ridge on Obudu mountain, Cross-River State, Nigeria; along which a blue coaster bus slowly sails, appearing tinier than its enclosing shrubs.
The rains have just subsided for a few months and the vegetation had been mending its verdant clothes with brown patches. From on high, the firmament looks upon the lush slopes and has sprayed its magical spell of awe-inspiring contrast between the distant mountain ridges in the background and the enormous ridge from which three intimidating devil’s elbows point at you.
Across the "glass of sharp distinction", a picturesque cascade of raging waters smile at you, plunging down narrow clefts on the rise of the hills. As your bus climbs up the dizzying and daunting heights, you rush at your camera and try to grab each and every atom of perplexing beauty surrounding you; only to continually discover snippets of these sneaking through your fingers, just between the clicks of your shutter button.
* Thanks to Ayodeji Adesuyi and Opeyemi Shadare for contributing the photos above to the archive of Naijatreks.
This article was written by folarin
Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole’s photography and travel writing depict a passionate romance with nature’s endowments. He grew up in the small town of Akure, Ondo State. He is a travel writer, geologist, researcher and tourism activist. When not at work, he writes geo-scientific research papers and travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos, making videos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.