Location: Brgy. Bonbonon, Iligan City
Types: Fan horsetail, Segmented
When nature decides to flex its brute strength and raw power, man is reduced to puny and vulnerable state. Imagine then when the waters roar as you begin to come closer and meet it face to face, you can feel heightened anticipation and unbridled joy yet mixed with anxieties and fears.
As we embarked to the first destination of the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0 organized by the Iligan Bloggers Society, the rains already started to drop in the hinterlands of Iligan City and Lanao del Norte. The river was rising as the rainwaters forcefully flowed to Dodiongan Falls creating a more majestic sight than its usual placid self.
Search engine-indexed photographs of the 65-foot high Dodiongan Falls would only show its gentler, meeker self. On that rainy afternoon however it bared its more raging and powerful character. Dodiongan‘s clear water masterfully mixed with the brown color of the mud creating a beautiful gradient rapidly dropping in volumes. Then the forests surrounding Dodiongan was accented by verdant green. The spectacular sight had me caught in awe and wonder
On the other hand, the natural spectacle had in me a guarded wary of the unknown. Could the waters rise to an undesired level and that its force turns from gentle and idyllic to violent and life-threatening? Thankfully, it did not happen.
Although we enjoyed the raw beauty and power of Dodiongan Falls only for a brief moment, it was nevertheless priceless. It ignited a deeper connection with nature, appreciating the beauty of God’s creation in a different way, and friendship and camaraderie with and among bloggers and travelers had just got off to a great start.
Note: This is part of the three-day Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0 of the Iligan Bloggers Society. Also, it is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls.