Photographer's Note

The Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders) by the local people, is a waterfall located in the Zambezi River and shared between the Republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Classified by UNESCO in 1989 as a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls are, by some measures, considered to be the largest waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form, and having the most diverse and easily-seen wildlife of any major waterfall site. The waterfall measures 1.7 kilometers wide, 90-108 meters high and has a mean annual flow rate of 1088 m³/s.

The spray created by the water drop can easily rise to more than 500m, depending on the season, and be seen from 30 km away. During the flood season, however, it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face, and the walks along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. Close to the edge of the cliff, spray shoots upward like inverted rain.

The photo was taken from the eastern side of the falls, in Zambia, near the section called the Eastern Cataract. The four main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract. The amount of mist/spray created by the water drop can clearly be seen from this point of view, against the light of the early sunset.

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