On Earth as it is in Heaven – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Iguazu (or Iguassu) Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil presents some formidable obstacles for nature photographers: the ever-present spray from the falls that collects on the front element of lenses, the restrictions on times one can be there (8 am to 6 pm on either side of the falls, unless you are staying at the very pricey Hotel Das Cataratas in Brazil), limited unobstructed views, and hoards of tourists during the aforementioned hours. Iguazu is a major attraction in South America.

On this particular morning, everything came together rather easily. I had this particular view, which offers a spectacular look into the “Devils Throat” all to myself. Also, the prevailing winds this morning were blowing toward the falls and the mist, so long exposures were not marred by annoying water droplets. It was one of the rare peaceful moments during my visit to this amazing natural spectacle, with no sounds other than the roar of the the 275 individual, discreet falls in the area and Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack from The Mission reverberating through my head.

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  1. Posted March 27, 2011 at 8:15 am by norma | Permalink

    que linda foto, pero que raras se venn!!!! pudiste fotografiarlas al amanecer? maravilloso!!!!

  2. Posted March 27, 2011 at 8:32 am by Jerry Denham | Permalink

    Richard this is simply incredible. I envy you for just being able to see this much less being able to photograph it.

  3. Posted March 27, 2011 at 8:44 am by Peyton | Permalink

    Richard, the first thing that came to my mind when seeing this image was ‘epic’… Quite an inspiring capture, I really like the perspective with the portion of the falls in the lower left corner.

  4. Posted March 27, 2011 at 9:00 am by sandy jones | Permalink

    envious…..so envious….sigh….

  5. Posted March 27, 2011 at 9:13 am by Tom Biggs | Permalink

    Wow!! I’m jealous!! 🙂 Beautiful image.

  6. Posted March 27, 2011 at 9:40 am by Lance Warley | Permalink

    Welcome home! Let me join the chorus – if this is the only image you made from the whole trip, the trip was worth it.

    Treeeemendous shot.

  7. Posted March 27, 2011 at 10:03 am by Dave Vanover | Permalink

    Have to love it when a plan comes together. This ones a keeper for sure.

  8. Posted March 27, 2011 at 11:48 am by Nancy de Flon | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this, Richard, it is stunning. Indeed, “As it is in heaven.”

  9. Posted March 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm by Boyan | Permalink

    Wow, great image. I am surprised you could see this much of Garganta from the edge of the observation platform. When I tried this particular perspective in December it was all spray and lens/camera soaked in water in 5 seconds.

  10. Posted March 29, 2011 at 11:55 am by Stella | Permalink

    Qué imponente!!! excelente toma fotográfica, como siempre, es un deleite ver tus fotos! Felicitaciones!

  11. Posted March 30, 2011 at 7:28 am by Ellen | Permalink

    Welcome back! Fantastic photo. Waiting for more..

  12. Posted April 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm by Andrew | Permalink

    Great photograph Richard… makes your exciting border crossing experience “almost” worth it. Looking forward to more Iguazu images!

  13. Posted June 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm by Laura | Permalink


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