The Weekly Photo Challenge is Merge. The challenge speaks of merging different entities into one,” and “breaking the rules.”
Well, what if Mother Nature broke the rules? There are natural wonders where forces collide or merge into one. The results are awe-inspiring, breathtaking, and frankly, too grand for words.
Iguazú Falls (Cataratas del Iguazú) is formed by the merging of the Paraná, Uruguay and Iguazú Rivers.
A number of years ago I was fortunate to witness the beauty and power of this natural marvel.
The Falls can be viewed from both Argentina and Brazil. When approaching the falls there is a low, rumbling sound. Other visitors and I were astounded by the realization that the sound is the voice of the water pouring over the falls!
The rumble increases to a roar when approaching the center of the falls, known as the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo). The roar is so loud that you cannot have a conversation unless you are shouting.
It is overwhelming, inspiring and humbling to be in the presence of such power.
There are numerous views of the falls, all of them breathtaking.
You can gain a perspective of size when you consider the walkway in the photo below; visitors can appreciate various views of the falls from a number of vantage points.
Sunlight will also merge with the falls. When this occurs rainbows are often seen!
The photo below is not out of focus. When the rivers merge and the falls are in motion, mists of water shoot high into the air!
These mists can be seen from miles away!
The falls are located in the sub-tropics. Accompanying the sounds of the falls were the sounds of wildlife.
Birds are often seen “flying into the falls.” Amazingly, these birds live in the cliffs behind the falls. They fly through the water in order to go home!
Witnessing the beauty and grandeur of Iguazú Falls was also calming. There was so much to see and yet I was often transfixed, grateful to be in the presence such a glorious spectacle.
Witnessing the merging of three rivers was a privilege.
It was also an important a reminder to me that this earth is a treasure.
It is a gift that we must cherish and protect.