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Iguaçu falls

Iguaçu falls
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Polarizing filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-11 6:30
Viewed: 6011
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo taken through a helicopter window and from the brazilian side.
It was raining a lot the week before our stay and it is why the water has a brownish colour.

Iguazu Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls (Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu, pronounced [kata’ratez du igwa’su]; Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú, [kata’ratas del iɣwa’su) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.
Their name comes from the Guarani or Tupi words y (IPA:[ɨ]) (water) and ûasú (IPA:[wa'su]) (big). Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. The first European to find the falls was the Spanish Conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541, after whom one of the falls in the Argentine side is named The falls were rediscovered by Boselli at the end of the nineteenth century, and one of the Argentinian falls is named after him.
The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometres (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River. Position is at Latitude (DMS): 25° 40' 60 S ,Longitude (DMS): 54° 25' 60 W . Some of the individual falls are up to 82 metres (269 ft) in height, though the majority are about 64 metres (210 ft). The Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat in English; Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese), a U-shaped 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long (490 by 2300 feet) cliff, is the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory.About 900 metres of the 2.7-kilometre length does not have water flowing over it. The edge of the basalt cap recedes only 3 mm per year.
The water of the lower Iguazu collects in a canyon that drains into the Rio Parana in Argentina.
Walkways allows close view of the falls
The falls can be reached from the two main towns on either side of the falls: Foz do Iguaçu in the Brazilian state of Paraná, and Puerto Iguazú in the Argentine province of Misiones as well as from Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) on the other side of the Parana river from Foz do Iguaçu. The falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). These parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1986, respectively.
On the Brazilian side there is a long walkway along the canyon with an extension to the lower base of the “Garganta del Diablo”. The Argentian access is facilitated by the Tren Ecológico de la Selva (Rainforest Ecological Train), which brings visitors to different walkways. The “Paseo Garganta del Diablo” is a one kilometer long way to bring the visitor directly over the falls of the “Garganta del Diablo”. Other walkways allow access to the elongated stretch of falls on the Argentinian side and to the ferry that connects to the San Martin island.
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A mind-boggling image of these awsome falls on the Brazilian border, Albert.
The aerial view enables us to see the vastness of them.
I wonder how they would look at close proximity.
Thanks for posting your wonderful new image and best regards.

Hallo Albert
This is a fantastic aerial landscape photo with details of the waterfall clearly visible and well displayed. The water looks so cool, clear and refreshing. You have captured this waterfall with a very good angle, and no matter what the size this surely is a majestic waterfall. I can almost feel the freshness originating from it. Good job and an excellent composition indeed. This serene and awesome view of the Creation is presented in a superb manner. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Albert

Great shot - I have done this helicopter trip twice - the fist time you were able to go much lower and the pilot was crazy - everyone screamed from start to finish! Last time I stayed in the hotel on the Argentine side - the white block on the top right odf this photograph.

Anyway. you have really caught the falls in their full majesty.


This is a great photo of those incredible falls. I'm glad you were able to get it all in one shot as it is so amazing. Helicopter rides are not for me so I am glad you shared yours.

Evelynn : )

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-07-11 9:59]

Amazing shot!
Really wonderful! Amazing work of nature!
I've posted a picture of Kravice falls in my country some time ago. It's much much smaller than these falls, but it's beautiful too!

Hi Albert,

this place is so beautifull- real nature with it's great powers. Wish to see this some day...


Hello Albert,
An overwhelming vista.
Pity for Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca he couldn't have THIS point of view.
Well done

great landscape, TFS Ori

bonjour Albert

belle image arérien de ce payasage, excellent POV sur les chutes, j'aimes de la façon dont les chutes sont
diagonnalement dans l'image, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-16 10:18]

Bonjour Albert, quelle beau point de vue pour photographier ces formidables chutes! La photo est très nette et la composition est superbe, bravo et merci!


Wow! This deserves an award. Photography at it's finest. Love the dynamism and clarity of this image, it seems flawless in every way. Inspiring work my friend Albert!
TFS and have a nice night!


Dear Albert,
Your photo of the great Iguazu Falls and your notes transport me back to 1995, when we viewed the falls from a helicopter. Unfortunately, it was not the latest model :)), and I had to cling with my fists to the door handle, because the door would not keep closed...

However, this is only a minor hick-up, when one is stunned by the views of these great falls.

You did a good job - it is never easy to photograph through the scratched, often tinted windows of a plane or a helicopter. Your photo is sharp, and the colours are natural.

Great view - well presented.
Greetings from South Africa
Best Wishes

PS are you perhaps ex AAC?

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