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Victoria falls - Zimbabwe

Victoria falls - Zimbabwe
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-20
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-10 4:04
Viewed: 4111
Points: 18
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We visited the falls a few years ago and I spent some time taking photos from all vantage points. But I just had to get some photos from above, so, aboard the smallest plane I had ever seen, we braved the wind currents and I managed to get some photos of this spectacle. And now, as we leave for a week in Kruger Park, I share one of my photos here

Victoria Falls
This remarkable place is filled with so much history and fascination.

Victoria Falls also known as "Mosi oa-Tunya" ("the smoke that thunders") is positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River's 2700 km journey from its source to the sea.

Here the river plunges headlong into a 100m vertical chasm spanning the full one-and-a-half kilometre width of the river.

Creating the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and also one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The power of the falls is awesome with the highest ever flow recorded in 1958 ) when it reached more than 700 000 cubic meters of water a minute. The water in the gorges rose 18 metres (60 feet) above its normal flood level.

This constant pounding by the currents of the mighty Zambezi has, over the millennium, cut through the rock faults and fissures and carved out not one but eight successive precipices (and now the ninth has begun).

When our early ancestors inhabited this area some 1.5 million years ago , they would have seen a different Victoria falls to he one we see today.

Being one of the greatest physical spectacles in Africa it stands to reason that it has attracted so much much interest from us humans over time and therefore the area is steeped in history and mystery.

In November 1855 Dr David Livingstone was transported in a canoe by the local Makalolo people to the very edge of these falls.

The sensitive Scotsman was so overwhelmed by his first sight of these spectacular falls, that he momentarily abandoned his scientific observations and recorded.

"It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight".

Loyally the good missionary, whose heart lies buried in Africa, named this great wonder of the world after Victoria, his British queen.

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Merhaba Peter,

This is really great aerial (?) landscape! Muhteşem, tamamen kusursuz ve etkileyici.
Ellerine sağlık.


The spectacle from the air is breath-taking, Peter. It was worth its while to go up in the air for shooting this most fabulous view of the world's most famous Falls.
Your note furnishes ample information on the history of this wonder. Deep down in my heart, the desire kindles to have a look at it with my own eyes.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-10 5:54]

Hello Peter,
We made the same trip in a small plane in 1995, long ago. We spent more than three weeks in Zimbabwe then.
Beautiful photo in a pleasing atmosphere of warm colours. Good sharpness through the window of the plane and a nice composition.

Wow there's nothing to say just watch :)

Magnificent capture and I hope to visit that majestic place one day Peter!! Thanks for sharing this with us!
George Veltchev

Bonjour Peter,
La dimmension et la force de ta publication sont tout autre que celles que j'ai pu découvrir lors de ma visite au mois d'août dernier.
Bonne composition et excellente profondeur de champ valorisant bien ce site exceptionnel.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

A splendid aerial view of spectacular Victoria falls, surely a wonder of nature Peter, your good vantage point and diagonal composition provide a lot of detailed information on the unique landfall, TFS indeed!

Hi Thomas
this is a very great and breath-taking shot
beautiful landscape
nice sharpness and colours
great shot

Hellow Peter,
This is really an exceptional image of the smoke that thunders.Pinsharpness and so much detail, a nat geo aerial product.Well done!

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