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Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders) - Victoria Falls Sunset - Dry Season

Taken on my last day in Livingstone after spending 4 months living there. When I arrived 4 months earlier the ground shook and the sky smoked with the power of the waterfall. On this day the water was but a mere trickle in comparison. For a sense of scale, if you look very closely at the waterfall on the right third of the photo that is lower than the others there is a lady standing just above the spout. An hour before taking this photo I was standing in the exact same spot as her, starring over the edge down the 100 meter face. You can switch to the original size for a better view of the lady (


From the UNESCO Website:

"These are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away... [W]hen the Zambezi is in full flood (usually February or March) they form the largest curtain of falling water in the world. During these months, over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the falls, which are 1,708 m wide, and drop 99 m at Rainbow Falls in Zambia. At low water in November flow can be reduced to around 10 million litres per minute, and the river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls."


CameraCanon EOS 20D + Canon 17-85 4-5.6 IS

Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)

Aperture f/11.0

Focal Length 17 mm

ISO Speed 200


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Taken on July 17, 2008