A Bit of B&W: Storseterfossen

Storseterfossen

Looking at the next few photos I want to post, I noticed that many were in black and white. So I thought I would group them together in a theme “week”. It will actually be more like a number of posts over two weeks, but that doesn’t matter.

There are not many places where you can actually go behind a large waterfall. On a hike in Norway in the summer of 2015, we passed by Storseterfossen. The waterfall, located near Geiranger, is about 30 m high and can be reached by steep but short hike. The view from behind the waterfall is quite different. The sound echoes, the rocks are moist and mossy, and you appreciate the waterfall not by looking at its size cascading over the mountain, but rather by feeling and hearing it.

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Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters Waterfall is located in the Geiranger Fjord in Norway. It is a beautiful sight, the steep walls of the fjord and the water cascading over it making for a dramatic landscape. The waterfall is 820 ft/250 m. The folklore says that the streams of the waterfall each represents one of seven beautiful sisters. The waterfall on the other side of the fjord is shaped as a bottle, supposedly because it asked each of the seven sisters to marry him. When they all declined, he became an alcoholic. The Norwegians are very creative with their fairy tales, I guess such a landscape simply inspires the imagination.

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Triberg Waterfall

Triberg

When in the Black Forest, you can really picture Grimm’s fairy tales taking place. The dense woods and mountains are beautiful, but at times foreboding. The Triberg Waterfall is one of the highest in Germany. (The town claims it is the highest, but that is disputed). The waterfall cascades 163 meters down rocks on the Gutach River, not far from the center of town. This accessibility makes it one of the most visited attractions in Germany. I love waterfalls and enjoyed the day trip to see it. The fact my parents were visiting probably also make me recall the day fondly.

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Paradise by the Waterfall

Paradise

As a child watching TV, I remember seeing people bathing by a waterfall in what looked like paradise and always wanting to visit. Of all the places I have been fortunate enough to travel to, I had never come across anything like what I had seen on TV. On a visit to Croatia this summer I found it! I have already posted a picture from Krka National Park and will repeat again that it is an amazing place.  This waterfall, called Skrandinski Buk, came close to that paradise I saw on TV. And you can even go swimming by the waterfall (which I didn’t do).

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Krka

Krka

Krka National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The park is a protected area around the Krka river. There are a series of rapids and waterfalls, and island with a monastery on it, and a gorge with stunning cliffs. It is simply beautiful. If you have the opportunity, plan a visit. Even if you can’t pronounce Krka, it is worth a visit.

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