The power, drama and majesty of waterfalls make them a natural subject choice for photographers. And with technological innovations seen in GoPro cameras, the lens is able to capture new angles and views like never before.
This video of Niagara Falls was posted on the Internet during the summer of 2013 after a photographer used what appears to be a remote-controlled helicopter to capture some spectacular images:
Even still photography, like the mystical, black and white photography of Ansel Adams, has rendered some amazing images of the world’s most dramatic waterfalls.
Beautiful Waterfalls: Victoria Falls
Dr. David Livingstone first laid eyes on the thunderous Victoria Falls in 1855 and aptly named them after Queen Victoria of England, another imposing figure. Because the natural formation lies on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Zambians have their own name for the falls—Mosi-oa-Tunya. It means “the smoke that thunders.”
With water falling from a height of 360 feet and laterally expanding over 5,600 feet, Victoria Falls is considered the world’s largest waterfall, with more than 19 million cubic feet of water flowing over the edge every minute during the wet season (compared to six million for Niagara Falls).
The spray created by one of the seven natural wonders of the world can sometimes be seen from up to 25 miles away.
Venezuela holds the bragging rights to being the home of the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls. Cascading from a heavenly height of 3,212 feet, the water descends over the edge of Auyantepui mountain in Canaima National Park.
The Penom people in Venezuela call it Kerepakupai merú, or “waterfall of the deepest place.” However, it was an American who gave the falls their more familiar name, Angel. They are named after Jimmie Angel, a U.S. aviator who was the first person to fly over the falls. When he died in 1960, his ashes were scattered over them.
Yosemite Falls are probably North America’s most famous and certainly the continent’s tallest water falls—as tall as Chicago’s Sears Tower and France’s Eiffel Tower combined.
The water has an incredible 2,425 feet to fall before it hits the earth,dropping in three different tiers,along the way. To view the falls from the uppermost advantage, hikers can climb a steep trail for about 3.5 miles.
Most people like to visit in late spring when the water flow is at its peak. If all the right elements come together, a full moon’s reflection on the water can produce a moonbow or lunar rainbow filled with as much color as its daytime counterpart.
In the Southern Hemisphere, an astonishing cluster of 275 falls, collectively called Iguazu, commands attention in Argentina, especially at the most popular section vividly called Devil’s Throat.
It is said that when Eleanor Roosevelt first saw nature’s display there, she remarked “poor Niagara.” The water flows with such force that it often seems as if the spray is shooting upward from the pools below.
Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca first viewed the falls in 1541.
A legend that surrounds the falls centers upon young love. The story has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, but she had other ideas and took flight from the god in a canoe with her lover, Tarobá. In revenge, the legend says, the god cut the river up into many parts, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to fall forever.
Staubbach and Mürrenbach Falls
The Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland is home to 72 waterfalls, including the magnificent Staubbach Falls and Mürrenbach Falls. The Staubbach Falls take their name from the word for “dust”, as summer winds can interrupt the stream of water, which turns the falling liquid into a very fine mist that can be dispersed over a wide area. To the viewer, this process makes the water seem as if it never actually reaches the ground.
Mürrenbach Falls is sometimes called a waterfall in a forest. The fairy tale-like region is surrounded by pristine meadows and very small villages or hamlets.
Apparently size does matter to waterfall enthusiasts. Many constantly measure fall heights, widths and the amount of water that flows over the edge annually and at peak.
Others just marvel at the beauty of a surrounding landscape that makes waterfalls unique and awe-inspiring. Hugging the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central Croatia’s mountainous regions are home to such waterfalls.
In the 73,000-acre Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of southern Europe’s oldest national park systems, are hundreds of waterfalls that splash throughout some 20 lakes and mossy caves. More than a million tourists a year come to see the beauty of the blue-green waters that gather in pools until the next edge leaves them falling.
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