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.
Spectacular 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.