Legend of Iguassu Falls
“The great beauty of the Saint Mary fall brought us one of the most famous legends of Paraná State, which is the legend about Naipi and Tarobá. The Caingangue indians, who lived on the banks of the Iguassu River, believed that the world was governed by M’Boi, a god which had the shape of a serpent and was Tupá’s son. The chief of that tribe, who was called Igobi, had a daughter names Naipi, who was so beautiful that the river waters stopped when the young lady looked at herself in them. Due to her beauty, Naipi was consecrated to the god M’Boi to live only for his worship, but among the Caingangue indians, there a young warrior named Tarobá, who fell on love with Naipi the moment he saw her. On the day of the consecration of the beautiful Indian, while the chief and the priest were drinking ‘cauim’ and the warriors were dancing, Tarobá got away with Naipi in a canoe that followed the stream down the river. When M’Boi learned about the Naipi and Tarobá escape, he became furious and penetrated under the ground, and by twisting his body he opened a gigantic crack, which formed the Iguassu Falls. Taken by waters of the great waterfalls, the canoe of the fugitive indians sunk down disappearing forever. The legend tells that Naipi turned into one of the central rocks below the waterfalls, forever fustigated by the waters and Tarobá turned into a palm tree inclined over the throat of the river where they are eternally watched by their god.”
(This legend is framed and hanging in the Hotel das Cataratas located in the center of the Iguaçu National Park.)
For information about the falls see my earlier posts: Cataratas Foz Do Iguaçu and Devil's Throat.
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bona (12229) 2009-05-19 7:47
I can hear the sound of the water crashing down there. Nice capture.
LeeLoo (0) 2009-05-19 7:49
Dear Betty Jones!
Very nice natural colors.
sabermonajati (8895) 2009-05-19 8:18
dreamly photo from wonderful waterfal.
trekks (14348) 2009-05-19 8:48
The only waterfall of this grand size that I have seen is the Niagara Falls. This one looks impressive to me. A fine POV to show the size of this waterfall from Brazil. Is there a hydro dam somewhere along the flow?
A fine TE post.
lucasgalodoido (21051) 2009-05-19 10:06
impressive this view and power of Iguassu Falls. Nice shot.
sacimar (25975) 2009-05-19 12:49
impressive view of Iguassu falls, it's a wonderful landscape, your capture is great, good colours and details, well done!
Floydian (30970) 2009-05-19 14:40
Another strong image from these great falls and they are for sure the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. How massive and with what kind of force mother nature rules this place. Must look wonderful standing there your self and try to capture the beauty of all this.
Great shot....well done..!!!
batalay (34733) 2009-05-19 21:16
I can never get enough of your shots of Iguassu Falls. They appear to be in cascades, more than Niagara Falls, which to my memory does not have green shrubbery growing. The mist in the lower level, a mist that also permeates the region falls in the foreground introduces mystique and allure.
As usual your note is informative and so well written.
danyy (0) 2009-05-19 23:41
une POV bien choisi qui donne de la profondeur.
Une photo toutefois un peu surexposée au niveau du ciel et des écumes.
Bien à toi.
belido (19934) 2009-05-21 6:07
great point of view. I guess you shot from the elevator. The view is wonderful. A pitty that the volume of the water is now much less than that. Very good nature photography!
Philippe (11836) 2009-05-21 8:25
Hi, Betty. A good comprehensive view of the falls. We can clearly see the giant crack that gave birth to the falls. The spray in the middle gives us an idea of the force of the water whereas the falling water in the foreground makes a nice diagonal line.
Have a nice day,
Atousa (7123) 2009-05-21 20:32
Another wonderful shot of that wonderful waterfall ..again very good pov n a nicely composed nature shot with all its beautiful elements..a lovely sky too..well done.
Best regards, Atousa
ChrisJ (94786) 2009-05-22 0:18
A spectacular shot of Iguassu Falls, & taken from a very good high vantage point. Excellent sharpness & tonal range, with attractive pastel colours. Tfs!
paura (47166) 2009-05-23 5:03
You captured a wonderful scene perfectly sharpened with nice effect of powerful watter. The natural ambiance is beautiful and your note excellent. well done!
jmdias (52550) 2009-05-23 8:07
this is the claSSICAl view from Brazilian side of the falls. according with the weather the waters has different colors, here they were something greenish, few days agoa there were very few water cause a big drought, anyway things ins't so dry nowadays.
beautiful view and nice image to show it. How you know, this wasn't the biggest falls in Paraná until 1983, the other one, mucho more bigger, was destroyed to make electricity, it was named 7 quedas and was in Paraná river. It had much more water, it was the biggest in the world wide, anyway the falls weren't so high like iguassu, but they were impressive. They were located 200 kilometers at north of iguassu.
jaywalker (16095) 2009-05-23 13:11
Hi Betty, A wonderful photo of these magnificent falls, they are a beautiful natural sight offering power & grace, the overall crop is perfect, nature at it's best, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
paololg (31448) 2009-05-24 13:59
Ciao dear Betty,
in this image you have captured the whole beauty and the majesty of these falls a true show of the nature. Excellent the management of the light and the sharpness, compliments!
Ciao, have a beautiful week!
Jakab (3867) 2009-05-24 15:45
I am astonished. Not only from your excellent pictures of Iguassu but also from your note. It is your third photo of this magnificient waterfall and still you can show a different face and write a note what to read is a real pleasure.
The diagonal composition is very good, it gives an impression of the vast power of water.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-05-25 1:06
Hi Betty. Another great shot, very impressive. Good handling of light to retain good detail in the sky and dark bush. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
jwmunro (286) 2009-05-25 21:11
Hello Betty -
A very strong image with different areas to study and discover. I do like your composition with the falls being diagonal and the opposite fall taking up the right hand space. I can just hear and feel the rumble of these falls as I sit at my computer. Well done.
Thank you for sharing.
kato (11630) 2009-05-30 6:13
You are catching well this panoramatic scenery with good angle and good color contrast. This waterfall where it pauses naturally is great. It is very interesting for me to see the waterfall where the width is long.
And, water spray in right side draws out good effect in the whole as well as the sky with thick cloud.
foozi (7101) 2009-05-30 23:13
almost speechless looking at this wonderful fall.
To be here is such a great moment, and you share with us this lovely place without having visited there.
thanks for this fascinating scenery.
ElAprendiz (30) 2009-05-31 8:01
I have seen many pictures of this majestic and interesting place, I think I may have to enlist to travel suitcases there, given the closeness.
I think photography is a paradise, worthy of use at any point of view, as shown in this image. The texture of the white highly stresses in the frame.
Special greeting from Colombia, John
mafegan (8624) 2009-05-31 16:27
There can never be too many photos of Iguassu Falls on TE as they are truely impressive - and one day I would like to see them with my own eyes. This photo is spectacular and I can almost hear the water crashing down. Tfs, Marlene
berek (33397) 2009-05-31 20:55
incredible great view. i love this wonderful fall. i fell power of water. you managed light and movement very good.
Have a nice week from the Istanbul
denisn72 (8300) 2009-06-06 8:19
Nice view of the waterfalls. I can feel them strong and powerful. Interesting legend! Well done and thanks for sharing!
Kielia (22913) 2009-06-06 8:29
another very beautiful capture of this fascinating and spectacular place with a fantastic perspective. Your note is fascinating as well. As already mentioned, one can really hear the water crashing down. A great document of the power of nature! TFS!
axiotea (21649) 2009-06-08 6:58
Splendid view on the waterfalls from a good vantage point which added a good depth to the image... only the sound is missing ;)
ciakgiak (30405) 2009-06-30 12:32
I like a lot this impressive shot.
The POV you choosed is perfect to show us in the best possible way this masterpiece of the nature. Colours and sharpness are really fantastic.
alin-m (3716) 2009-08-06 5:14
Great photo,wonderfull whaterfall,nice landscape.Well done.Alin.
Graal (95343) 2009-11-03 23:24
fantastic place and view. Fine presentation. Great famous waterfalls in Brasil. I like it a lot.
subhendu_bagchi (25252) 2010-06-02 8:46
it is a nice capture of the beautiful water falls with sprayed out water droplets. They creates the atmosphere so mystic. Nice light and colours. Very well camera job. Tfs.
sacavem (18610) 2011-02-20 12:59
Olá Betty Jones,
Very good pov, simple but effective composition, good exposure, sharpness and colors!You have done an excellent job capturing the beautiful falls with the good cloud background.
stevenmelissa (203) 2011-09-28 15:52
Many of your photos have a grand, monumental quality to them that makes the subject seem especially impressive. I think that's particularly effective for your Iguassu photos because the falls are so magnificent and difficult to capture effectively.
Best regards, Steve
- Copyright: Betty Jones (BWJ) (3022)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron AF 18-250 1:3.5-6.3 IF MACRO
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-19 6:49