In July of 1999 I spent a week at Victoria Falls with my family, with the exception of my brother Ted. It was a high-school graduation present for my brother Nigel from our grandparents.

I shot several rolls of film over the holiday, but it was this roll, the only slide roll I took, that convinced me to switch to slide film from print. The prints I took of the Falls were disappointing in comparison since the high contrast of the white water of the Falls and the black rock is lost in the printing process. But see for yourself how the slides turned out...

Wildlife


A roadblock we met en route to our hotel lodge.

The slide original of this picture is wonderfully clear and has an uncanny sense of depth.

"Knife Edge"

This batch of photos is among my favourites. Behind are the Falls and below is the water that rushes through to the maelstrom of the "Boiling Pot," and from there out down the Matebele Gorge where it slows down and widens as it approaches Kariba Dam hundreds of kilometers downstream. We went white-water rafting down the gorge, counted amongst the best sites in the world.


One of my all-time favourite shots.

The wall of rocks on the left makes all the difference.

Rainbow

It's a bit strange to look down on a perfectly clear day and see a rainbow. It's caused by the mist being thrown back from the Falls.

Rocks


Bottom-left: Dad and Nigel.
Bottom-right: Mom and Chrissie.

On the Edge


"Hold still, Mom!" says Nigel.

If you look closely, you can see tourists on the Zambian side on the upper-right.

Mist

Grass

Notice how dry the grass is compared to the lush green around the Falls. July is midway through Zambia's dry season so the grass probably won't see any real rain for several months.

Train

This bridge was built by Cecil Rhodes to open up central Africa for the British Empire. He deliberately had it built as close to the Falls as possible. It now serves the more frivolous purpose of being the site of one of the world's highest bungy jumps. And, no, at US$90, I didn't jump...

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