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By Yvonne Blackwood

As I complete the final installment of my Theme Day-Landscape blogs about fascinating waterfalls I have visited, you would have noticed that the ones previously mentioned are not the “mother of all falls.” They are nothing like Victoria Falls or Yosemite Falls; they wouldn’t even rank in the top-ten. Notwithstanding this, they all have an allure that captures one’s imagination because they are unique. I would be remiss, however, if I wrapped up the series without spotlighting one that is easily the most famous waterfall in North America, and certainly one that begs the question; will it go on forever?

niagara-fall-from Skylon tower

This powerful, awesome waterfall is none other than Niagara Falls. Straddling the international borders of Canada and the United States, Niagara Falls consists of three different falls—the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. While the first two are situated on the American side, the Horseshoe Falls is in Canada. It tumbles 188 feet into the Niagara gorge, and ranks as the biggest one by volume with a whopping average peak flow of 225,000 cubic feet or 6,400 cubic meters per second!


It is also the Horseshoe Falls that attracts most of the crowd to the area, and I dutifully take all my visitors from abroad to see it. Not tucked away in the bushes like the falls I previously wrote about, Niagara Falls is one of the easiest to access, and you can view it from different angles.  Although I have visited Niagara Falls many times, I can’t help but be awestruck by its sheer size and volume every time I see it.

Which is your most fascinating waterfall?




By Yvonne Blackwood

It is tall, it is skinny, and it is fascinating. While visiting Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, located on the exotic Island of Tahiti, our tour guide took us to see the Vaimahutu Falls. Tumbling 295 feet over a cliff into a pool below, it is an amazing waterfall. I was unable to find much information about this waterfall, but it reminded me a lot of The Akaka Falls in Hawaii. Vaimahutu Falls is a bit more accessible though, and we were able to get close enough to take pictures as the wind whipped spray onto our faces.









Tell us about your favourite waterfall.





By Yvonne Blackwood

Continuing with our Theme Day—Landscape—and in particular, waterfalls (Do read parts 1 & 2 here and here if you missed those posts) unlike the two previous posts, this week we will spotlight a waterfall that is neither tall nor powerful, but it is a fabulous sight to behold!

Located in the hinterland of Jamaica in the parish of St. Elizabeth, most Jamaicans knew nothing about YS Fall for many years. In fact, I lived the earlier part of my life in Jamaica and had never heard about it. The reason? It is situated in the bushes on private property. Although the property remains an active horse and cattle farm, the owners opened up the vicinity containing the falls to the public in 1992.

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Surrounded by lush tropical fauna, YS Falls is spectacular with its seven tiers of white frothy waters, and pools at the foot of some tiers where people can bathe. The owners have made the falls accessible, added a gift shop and picnic area, and now tourists from all over the world are able to visit and enjoy its beauty—some even zip-line above it!



By Yvonne Blackwood

Last Saturday, my Theme-Day post (Part 1) shone a spotlight on The Akaka Falls located in The Big Island of Hawaii. Since I have photographs of a few waterfalls taken in different parts of the world, I think it is appropriate to share them consecutively, hence this post.

When I visited Milford Sound—called Piopiotahi by the Maori—I was awestruck by the pristine, calm waters, craggy mountains, and the inordinate amount of waterfalls cascading down the mountainside. Located within Fiordland National Park in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, Milford Sound was judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey—the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. It is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.



Milford Sound hundreds of water falls

Milford Sound has two permanent waterfalls all year round, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls, however, whenever heavy rain falls in the area, hundreds of temporary waterfalls plunge down  the steep rock face which lines the fiord. I concluded that rain had poured earlier because when I arrived waterfalls were everywhere, the mist making photography difficult.

Milford Sound attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year, making it New Zealand’s most-visited tourist spot in spite of its remote location and great distance from the nearest population centres.

Fiordland was designated a World Heritage area by the United Nations in 1986.

Do you have a favourite waterfall?



By Yvonne Blackwood

People have always been fascinated with waterfalls—the thunderous roar of water cascading or plunging off a cliff, or over rocks, its uniformity, its white foaming beauty, its never-ending flow. Waterfalls can be voluminous like the famous Niagara Falls, or skinny, measuring only a couple feet across. But no matter their size, height, or volume, we still view waterfalls with awe.

When I gawk at a waterfall two questions always flow through my mind: How long has it been plunging off the same cliff, or over the same rocks? Will it continue to cascade/plunge forever? Of course, these are questions we cannot answer. Nature has a mind of its own and can disrupt anything at anytime. But humans seem to be the greater disruptor. Damming up rivers and diverting the flow of water are ways they have lessened the impact of waterfalls.

Hawaii Akaka Falls

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Above are two views of The Akaka Falls in Hawaii (The Big Island).  It is by no means voluminous; however, it certainly grabbed my attention. Located slightly off the beaten path, surrounded by fauna that is lush and green, Akaka Falls is skinny and steep, and plunges 442 ft off a cliff into a pool below.