November 26th – World Waterfall Day

November 26th, 2012 by Tatiana

Waterfalls… November, 26 is World Waterfall Day. These breathtaking spectacles of nature make you realise the true magnificance and power of water. They help communities by providing much needed water. And today some of them are in danger of drying up because of climate change. These are more than enough reasons to celebrate World Waterfall Day. I do it by remembering and sharing with you the photos of all the wonderful waterfalls I have been lucky to see.

1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

I visited them on my trip to Argentina in 2009 and they are the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen. They are situated on the border of two countries of South America, Brazil and Argentina, and rank the third in the world with average flow of water. Iguazu National Park consits of around 275 individual waterfalls and cascades and there are numerous walkways that make it possible to get very close to the falls for the most breathtaking views in the rainforest surroundings. I especially enjoyed coming up close to the falls on a speed boat and seeing the rainbows.

2. Yosemite Valley Falls, CA, US

They were one of the highlights of my trip to California in August 2011.  These natural wonders are situated in Yosemite National Park, famous for its iconic mountains and rock formations, lush meadows and forests with abundance of wildlife. In this photo its Yosemite Falls, a three tiered  and the highest measured waterfall in North America. Sitting by the river  admiring the view of Yosemite Valley with its waterfalls, being surrounded by nothing but nature, listening to its relaxing sounds is a perfect couple’s retreat. I would love to go camping and spend more time in Yosemite which inspires hundreds of artists and photographers every year.

3. Niagara Falls, NY, US

Have you ever seen fireworks above the illuminated waterfalls? If yes, you must have visited Niagara Falls. If not, it is a “must do” before you die. In June 2011 we flew from NYC for a weekend at Niagara Falls which are situated on the border between Canada and the United States. Having seen and experienced Iguazu Falls,  I must admit I was not very impressed by Niagara Falls themselves, maybe because they looked more “civilised” and “touched”. The fun part was being on board of the Maid of the Mist going to the base of the Horseshoe falls and watching people screaming every time when water splashed against the boat. You know women always like replica handbags uk. I also enjoyed eating at a cafe with the views of the falls until sunset arrived when hundreds of photographers gathered on the bridge with their tripods to capture a truly unique light  show and fireworks. Darkness, natural wonder, power of water, classical music and a rainbow of lights…  This is the sight not to forget.

4. Mcway Falls, CA, US

Califorornian landscapes are ones of the most beautiful in the world – I understood it on my first ever road trip on U.S. Highway 1 along the Californian coast in August 2010. Although I then found out that the best time to do it is October when the marine layer is less prominent, I still enjoyed our rather cloudy days which made the views  even more dramatic. Situated in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park within a picturesque cove opening, Mcway falls is unique because of  its coastal location and because it falls directly into the Pacific ocean below. Walk hand in hand on top of the cliffs and gaze into to boundless expanse of the ocean to embrace the magestic beauty of Big Sur and its waters.

5. Ravana Falls, Sri Lanka

The falls have been named after the legendary Hindu character Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. Those replica handbags uk will be sold online. All kinds of replica handbags for women. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.(wikpedia) Being by the foot of one of the worlds worldest waterfalls made my Christmas trip to Sri Lanka in 2011 even more special.

6. Lower Taughannock Falls, NY, US

For a relaxing Saturday, away from busy NYC, we went on a scenic drive to  the Taughannock Falls State Park in the depth of  New York state in June 2011.  With picnic and barbeque facilities and easy hiking trails it is a great place for families to spend a day at any time of the year and I can only imagine how beautiful it is there in autumn. It was quite a gloomy day but walking along Lower Taughannock Falls in the shallow river and splashing water like a kid made my day. We hardly met anybody on our walk so why just not be silly and enjoy this life in the simplest ways.


Did you know?*

  • A waterfall is formed where water flows over a cliff or very steep drop in the river’s bed Waterfalls are grouped into ten broad classes based on the average volume of water present on the fall using a logarithmic scale.
  • Types of waterfalls: block, cascade, cataract, fan, horsetail, plunge, punchbowl, segmented, tiered,multi-step.
  • Cascata delle Marmore in Italy is the tallest man-made waterfall in the world.
  • The tallest waterfall in the world is the Angel Falls.Angel Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters) from Auyán-Tepuí (Devil Mountain) in Venezuela. The waterfall was named for Jimmy Angel, an American flyer who discovered it in 1935 and crash-landed nearby in 1937.
  • Widest waterfall – Khone Falls stretch 6.7 miles (10.8 kilometers) across the Mekong River, stopping river traffic at the Laos-Cambodia border.
  • The highest waterfall in Africa is the Tugela Falls at 947 metres. It is found in South Africa.
  • Europe’s highest waterfall, Utigard in Norway, is 800 metres high.
  • Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and is more than a mile long.
  • Tugela Falls is the world’s second tallest at 947 m (3110 ft) in KwaZulu-Natal province, Republic of South Africa.

 

Enjoy more photos just to prove that I did see them:)

I am fascinated with waterfalls ans have a whole collection of photos on one of my pinterest boards here.

*(http://www.strange-facts.info/interesting-facts-about-waterfalls)

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