The Smoke That Thunders | Exterior My Window


11 February 2024

Final month I wrote about Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya, earlier than I’d ever seen them. Our Street Scholar Birding Tour visited the world twice: the Zimbabwe facet on 22 January, the Zambian facet eight days later. Whereas there I realized that the falls actually are “the smoke that thunders.”

This marked-up aerial view exhibits the viewpoints the place my pictures and movies have been taken.

Victoria Falls from the air, border of Zambia & Zimbabwe (photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

The Satan’s Cataract, on the far left facet of the falls, is the place the crack begins that can some day develop into the brand new fall line.

Satan’s Cataract, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 22 Jan 2024 (video by Kate St. John)

The Hazard Level on the far finish of the Zimbabwe facet is nearer to the falling water. It was very misty, virtually otherworldly. We wore raincoats.

Misty daylight close to Hazard Level at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Jan 2024

As we left on 22 January we stopped on the overlook for the previous Victoria Falls Bridge that spans the outflow of the Zambezi River. Individuals pay to bungee bounce 364 ft from the bridge into the canyon. I didn’t wish to watch.

View of Victoria Falls pedestrian bridge, web site of bungy leaping (photograph from Wikimedia Commons)

We went there to search out Schalow’s turaco (Tauraco schalowi), a fruit-eating African chicken that frequents riparian habitats … and we have been in luck! One flew by and landed close to us. These eBird pictures present its lovely colours.

On 30 January we returned to Victoria Falls on the Zambia facet the place the water was even nearer and extra dramatic. Those that wish to stroll to Livingstone Island or the Satan’s Pool throughout low water begin their journey on this facet, strolling 1 km (greater than 2/3 mile).

No manner! Look how briskly the water rushes towards the cliff …

That is the sting the place the water falls off the cliff in Zambia (video by Kate St. John)

… and falls down the opposite facet.

Water falling off the sting on the Zambian facet (video by Kate St. John)

We crossed the Knife’s Edge Bridge …

Knife’s Edge Bridge at Victoria Falls, Zambia (photograph by Hans Hillewaert through Wikimedia Commons)

… to finish our tour of The Smoke That Thunders.

(credit are within the captions)

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