Photographer's Note

Cataratas Foz Do Iguaçu

Huge does not come close to describing this wall of water. It is a place where you stand in awe of the power of nature. Cataratas do Iguaçu, Iguassu Falls, are one of the natural wonders of the world. They plunge over 3 kilometers (2 miles) of very steep rocky cliffs in an unending wall of spray pouring a cascade of more than 6.5 million liters (1.7 million gallons) of water per second. At the heart of this unforgettable sight is the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) pictured here.

In the rainy season there can be as many as 350 falls. Imagine the roar of the water here at the bend in the Iguassu River where the borders of Argentina and Brazil meet. Iguassu Falls are taller than Niagara and wider than Victoria. The story goes when Eleanor Roosevelt first saw the falls, she said, “Poor Niagara.”

Dense lush jungle surrounds the falls. Here in the tropical sun and atmosphere full of moisture, the jungle grows at a rapid pace. Tall pine trees grow in two decades rather than the seven it takes in a cold climate such as Norway. By the falls and along the trails, rainbows, sapphire colored humming birds and clouds of butterflies stand out against the the red soil. You might see monkeys, deer, lizards and toucans if you are lucky.

This is my second post of Iguassu and just a slightly different view than my first post. It is such a magnificent place, I keep revisiting my photographs from there and wanting to share them.

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Additional Photos by Betty Jones (BWJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 458 W: 0 N: 919] (3094)
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