Off the Trail in Colombier

Nestled at the foot of the central mountains, Colombier is one of the prettiest towns on the island. I recently did a little cross-country hike from the entrance to Colombier, up to the “castle” and over to Morne Valois. I started at the little stream near the main road, where I found large crayfish and three species of freshwater fish. Later highlights included a color variation of Gasteracantha cancriformes that I hadn’t seen before and the very strange micropezid fly that I had seen previously on Pic Paradis. The last portion of my journey was a rather difficult scramble through dense brush leading to an abandoned water storage facility and, finally, through someone’s backyard back into civilization.

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