Art and Science of Nature

Understanding the Beauty of the Natural World

Rain at Dolphin Head

Dolphin Head in Hanover Parish is one of the most massive geological formations in western Jamaica. It is often referred to as an island within an island.

The summit of Dolphin Head

The summit of Dolphin Head

The mountain is surrounded by a few small farming communities accessible by traversing narrow, winding and unimproved roads. The draw to Dolphin Head is that it is home to many endemic species of plants and animals, a mecca for scientists studying biodiversity.
Satellite Photo of Dolphin Head, north western Jamaica.  The trail to the base of the mountain is difficult to traverse.  Hiking up the mountain is an extreme trip in itself!

Satellite Photo of Dolphin Head, north western Jamaica. The trail to the base of the mountain is difficult to traverse. Hiking up the mountain is an extreme trip in itself!

Only a handful of trails lead to the mountain itself. The trails up the mountain are steep and thick with vegetation. Add to this mix long periods of rain each day and the trail becomes a slippery mess, and makes for a rather interesting hike.  This video includes clips from various parts of the trip to Dolphin Head.  My next blog post will include some of what we found on the mountain.

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2 Comments»

  Richard L. Goldberg wrote @

Thanks Dick. I will be in Boston too. See you there.

  lyria1 wrote @

Very much enjoyed your articles and photos. Hope to see you in Boston,
Dick Ott


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