In Darkness: Africa Images of Africa Totality in Zambia
by John Walker

Victoria Falls

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No photograph can do justice to Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya "the smoke that thunders" in the local language. The waterfall, where the Zambezi river plunges more than 100 metres into the first of a series of narrow gorges, raises a permanent cloud of mist visible from dozens of kilometres away. Close to the falls the roar is overwhelming, with lots of low frequency components you feel rather than hear. Because the falls are at the start of a series of zig-zag gorges, there is no vantage point on the ground from which the entire falls can be seen or photographed. This is a view from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, where you can walk out on the "Knife Edge" cliff and see the falls close-up. Depending on the wind, you may only be able to barely glimpse the falls through the mist. What is absolutely certain is that you will end up utterly soaking wet from the "mist" (actually, think torrential rainstorm) when the wind blows in your direction. Unless you thought to bring a watertight camera case, your camera should probably spend most of the time sealed in a plastic bag.

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by John Walker
July, 2001
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