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I have spent the last three months posting photos from the Himalayas, starting in Bhutan, then moving to Ladakh in India and most recently to Tibet. Today I move temporarily to Africa.

This photo shows a very small part of the mighty Victoria Falls on the Zambezi river along the border between Zambia and Zimbabe. There are many photos from the Victoria Falls on TE and this is absolutely not one of the best. More likely among the worst. I took several photos, all on Kodachrome films, on both sides of the border, but most of them didn't turn out well. Maybe I simply didn't understand how to expose rapidly falling huge masses of water in a strong tropical light. Perhaps I also missed the chance to correct my mistakes when scanning the photos.

In spite of this photographic failure I wanted to have something in my portfolio to remember the two days I spent by this magnificent natural wonder. It was a great experience to watch the masses of water falling down more than a 100 meters along a combined stretch of 1700 meters of the curving river. Especially on the Zimbabwean side I was nearly drenched by the foam of water spreading widely, and the sound of the falling water was thunderous.

In fact, in the local Lozi language the falls are known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning The smoke that thunders.

I have chosen to post my only reasonably acceptable photo, and it so happens that it was taken on the Zambian side. I admit it was not an entirely coincidental choice, because it allowed me to add a new country to my TE map of the world. ;-)

Here is a larger version.

Two WE photos, also from Zambia, were taken just where the river is about to start falling down one of the deep gorges. One has a human presence, the other includes an informative sign.

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