Thursday, June 19, 2008

Legend of the Falls

This Sky Watch photo was taken yesterday at Iguaçu Falls in the southern state of Parana in Brazil. What a difference a day makes - from the gentle, clear waters of southeastern Arkansas to these crashing rivers and verdant green jungles in Brazil in a little more than 24 hours. Just another day at work, really.


The name Iguaçu comes from the Guarani Indians meaning big water: with 275 separate waterfalls -- its aptly named. Doug Taron of Gossamer Tapestry gets the Golden Globe award for correctly guessing the destination from an earlier post. Good sleuthing Doug.

Guarani legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover Tarobá in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall. Well, beautiful falls or not, I am on the clock -- I'll post more images of the falls later this weeks along with some interesting mammals, birds and an especially cool butterfly for Doug. Adeu.

For the best of this weeks skies - checkout Wiggers World.

30 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent Sky WEatch post....

Thank you for being a part of Sky Watch this week, your post and comments are much appreciated.
Tom ;O)

kjpweb said...

That's just plain gorgeous - so I had at least the direction right yesterday! :)
Excellent - but what do I say - seems to be the norm for you!
Cheers, Klaus

SandyCarlson said...

Ah, a whisper from heaven. Gorgeous.

Pretty Life Online said...

Wow! perfect one for Sky Watch. Happy SWF! We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened... mine's up too hope you can drop by.

Daniel J Santos said...

very beautiful and excellent catch.

Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful rainbow. Perfect photo.

Me & my puppies said...

really beautiful, I hope you found your pot of gold.

Jenn said...

So great picture! You captured that rainbow so magnificently!

My SWF photo is now posted, too:

JennWasHere

Please drop by if you have the time. Thanks!

Kathiesbirds said...

Why are there always legends associated with waterfalls? I've heard a similar one about a waterfall in Canada. Thanks for the story and beuatiful photo. I could "fall" right into it!

Sandpiper said...

Very beautiful pictures, T.R. An interesting post!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Gorgeous rainbow and a great Sky Watch!

I hollered out loud (and scared my cats) when I read this post. When I read your yesterday's ABC post about the American Black Vultures, I immediately Googled "South American Waterfalls," and the first place I clicked on was the Iguazu (sic) Falls. I spent a good 5 minutes toggling back and forth between the Internet photos of the place and your vulture photos (your photos of the falls are *much* better) but couldn't quite make up my mind that it was the same place. Wish I had gone ahead and thrown in my two cents worth.

I hope you had a great time in SE Arkansas, you world-traveler, you.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What great photos and the rainbow is fabulous

Ida said...

WOW!
This is just GREAT!
Beautiful! :)

babooshka said...

Excellent images which should be rewarded with the pot of gold

Anonymous said...

simply amazing. thanks for shared

Steven and Aisha said...

Oh my! It's magnificent! It's such a beautiful experience to be able to take a photo like this! One of the best photos I've seen in SW!

Larry D said...

Wow, excellent photos!

Doug Taron said...

Great photos- but I'm mad jealous on this one. This is someplace that I've wanted to visit ever since I saw the movie The Mission. More, please! I'm looking forward to the butterfly photo.

Tommy V said...

great photo. the rainbow is so bright

lingovise said...

Wow! It must be amazing to live somewhere so beautiful!

Both are excellent shots, but that first one - simply stunning.

have a great weekend, happy SWF :)

esnorway said...

nice pics

AphotoAday said...

What an incredible shot!
And interesting information -- wish I was there...

Best regards, Don.

granmal said...

That first picture is stunning. Just beautiful!

Petunia said...

Gorgeous:)
Rainbow shot is my favorite:)

Petunia's SWF post

Mary said...

Oh God, Tim. Your life is so full. Bless you. YOU are a legend.

Mary

chrome3d said...

Huh, that was some bright rainbow. It disappeared to a big waterfall too. Are you sure this wasn´t edited? If not, then you have been in a very beautiful place.

Lak said...

Just another day at work?

T.R, can I have your job?!

Selma said...

The shot with the rainbow is like something from a fairytale. Amazing!

Max-e said...

Great SWF. These are incredible falls

Alan Scott said...

The picture of the rainbow is breath-taking, T.R.! Thank you for sharing!

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