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"Reggae Falls" is actually an old dam, but it's known localy by that name. I was unable to find out much about the falls. I had seen them from the air--this is what drew me to find them on the ground (there was certaintly no advertising). Following the eastern bank of the Morant River up past Seaforth, Hillside is the end of the road (or track). A lady washing her clothes in the yard said I could park anywhere I wanted, so I pulled off next to a goat pasture, grabbed my camera, and started walking.

The trail skirts along the river bank, which becomes immediately steeper. Occasionally you have to jump down and walk along the bars of stone and gravel in the riverbed itself, before scrambling back up on the bank.

I don't know whether there was a set of falls here before the dam, although if there were they were probably not so steep nor so high. At any rate, the backside of the dam is completely silted in. The most obvious use for the dam would be taking advantage of the pressure drop to supply water to the villages downstream. Or, the concrete structure in the bottom left of the photo could have housed a turbine.

I stopped and talked to some locals sitting on a bench in the shade on my way out. Three middle aged women and an old codger missing most his teeth. Possibly waiting for a coaster (mini-bus), but more likely just watching the sunshine waft by. I asked them about the dam, what it was called, when it was built, etc. They looked at me for a bit on the last question, before the old man said boldly with as much sincerity as a toothless grin ear to ear can convey, "1920!".

Later discussion revealed the dam to be "pretty old", and that's about as close as I got. No ideas who built it. If I had to shoot in the dark, I'd say 1920 might not be so far off. Nearby Hermitage Dam (20 miles west as the crow flies) was built in 1927 by the Jamaican government as a water supply.

If you have a sharp eye at this low resoltion, there are two local young men on the rocks along the righthand side. There were about four of them there total, fishing with weighted lines (no rods) right at the base when I got there.

I'm afraid the contrast between light and shadow were too difficult for me to overcome with my meagre PP skills. Cropped and resized.

ISO 50, focal 6mm, EC 0.0

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