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Iguazu National Park

Normally, I put the photography note at the end of the introduction but I needed to direct my frustration towwards a certain airline off my chest first. I was to use a variable neutral density filter and setup my camera on a tripod to capture waterfalls using slow a slow shutter speed. The resulting effect would yield a very smooth "water" movement. Due to increasingly tight security controls at airports, I decided to put my tripod in the check-in lugage. However, American Airlines did not manage to transfer our lugage from the LA flight during a layover in Miami of almost two hours and therefore, the lugage missed the connection flight to Buenos Aires. Unbelievable! I was left hanging without my tripod at this wonderful place and my plan went into water....

Strung out along the rim of a J-shaped cliff about 2 miles long, some 275 individual cascades and waterfalls plummet up to 269 feet into the gorge below. Collectively called Iguazu, which is Guarani Indian for “the Big Water”, this array of waterfalls is indeed magnificent and impressive. The thunderous roaring can be heard from miles away.

Iguazu is located on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Based on the limited time, we visited only the Argentinian side. There are two trails; the upper and lower trails, which of course, offers a different perspective. In addition, a short train ride plus a short hike will bring you close to the best known and the biggest waterfalls, the Garganta del Diablo or "the Devil's Throat" with its perpetual spray high over the falls.

The humidity level is extremely high and on the second day we were there, it poured. My camera was fogged up right away as soon as I took it out. I had to wait ten minutes for my camera equipment to acclimatize. The very high humidity level, however, is preferred by butterflies, which are present in large numbers.

At the end, although I am disappointed for not being able to create a certain effect into some of my images, I feel that Iguazu should be high on everybody's list of places to visit.

Thank you for visiting and please feel free to leave a note or two.

As Seen from the Upper Rim
As Seen from the Upper Rim
Living on the Edge
Living on the Edge
Water Galore
Water Galore
Fluorishing in Moisture
Fluorishing in Moisture
A Friendly Butterfly
A Friendly Butterfly
Small but Beatiful  Waterfalls
Small but Beatiful Waterfalls
Framed by Trees
Framed by Trees
Another Framed View
Another Framed View
Two-Tiered
Two-Tiered
Framed Falls
Framed Falls
Rainbow Over Waterfalls
Rainbow Over Waterfalls
Cascading Water Drape
Cascading Water Drape
Rainbow(s) Over Waterfalls
Rainbow(s) Over Waterfalls
Garganta del Diablo from Distance
Garganta del Diablo from Distance
Garganta del Diablo
Garganta del Diablo
Iguazu -  A Different Perspective
Iguazu - A Different Perspective
A Pinto Grasshopper
A Pinto Grasshopper
The Upper Iguazu River
The Upper Iguazu River
Smaller Waterfalls
Smaller Waterfalls
Ready to Get Wet
Ready to Get Wet
Waterfalls as Background
Waterfalls as Background
Semi-closeup of Waterfalls
Semi-closeup of Waterfalls
Fluorishing Near the Water
Fluorishing Near the Water
More Semi-Closeup of Waterfalls
More Semi-Closeup of Waterfalls