Last winter, fine art photographer Hseyin Kara visited Brazil and came back with these stunning photos of the world famous Iguazu Falls. Located at the Argentina-Brazil border, the falls take the shape of an elongated horseshoe or a reverse letter “J”. At 1.7 miles wide, Iguazu Falls is three times wider than North America’s Niagara Falls. The story goes that when United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt first visited Iguazu, she exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!”
What makes this waterfall so unique is that the numerous islands and inlets along its edge create 275 separate waterfalls that vary in height between 200 and 269 feet. Also, if you stand at just the right spot, you can be surrounded by 260 degrees of tiered waterfalls! It is such an impressive feat of nature that UNESCO designated the two parks it is located in, Iguazu National Park in Argentina and Iguaca National Park in Brazil, as World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively. In 2011, Iguazu Falls was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature by by people through a global poll that cast an incredible 100 million votes.
Kara, the photographer of these shots, describes his personal experience about seeing Iguazu Falls: “A huge part of the falls is located in Argentina. However, being within the ‘huge part’ does not help you observe all of its beauty. Sometimes it is better to be outside of the view to be able to see it all. I was at the small side of the fall, which is located in Parana, Brazil.
“It was winter when I was in Brazil so it was a great opportunity for me to catch nature, all by herself, without any people around. (As a photographer, the best pictures are taken, when there are few people around.) However, Iguazu Falls was crowded, as it always is, because of its breathtaking beauty and its interesting location.”