There is something at once noble, wild and liberating about waterfalls, and since humanity seems to love pictures of waterfalls, we decided to bring you the best there are. Vast volumes of crystal clear water, crashing towards an unseen end, billowing and roaring down rocks for hundreds and hundreds of meters… Maybe you’ll get to see them in real life, or maybe your path will never bring you face to face with these natural beauties. Whatever happens, you can be sure you’ve seen the world’s best waterfalls right here, on SmashingTops.com.
1. Torres del Paine, Chile
This wonderful starter on our list of pictures of waterfalls comes from the Patagonia area of Chile. The Torres del Paine waterfall is named after the three most spectacular-looking mountainous peaks in the Cordillera del Paine, a spectacular group of mountains in Chile. The entire area is a protected natural park, with glaciers, large rock formations and even a hotel.
2. Mont Sainte Anne Waterfall, Canada
If you love pictures of waterfalls, you’ll love this top view over the waterfall in the Mont Sainte Anne Park. This lavish natural park is located right outside Quebec, Canada. The town of Mont Sainte Anne is a famous skiing resort, well known for its night skiing track – the highest in Canada.
3. Strong Flow
Eran Maoz takes wonderful pictures of waterfalls, and this one makes no exception. Watch how a beautifully sun-lit waterfall joins a fast and large sun-lit misty river. This photo was snapped right next to the world’s most famous waterfall, Niagara Falls.
4. Frozen Waterfall
Vitaly Fainitsky is another photographer with a penchant for water that falls and falls in a seemingly endless stream. He has carved out a niche for himself with his spectacular images of frozen waterfalls. His images are uncanny precisely because they seem to show water that’s in movement, as well as frozen still for all eternity.
5. Mist over Niagara
Naturally, our list of great pictures of waterfalls was bound to include the world’s most famous expanse of perpetually falling water. Not the largest, possibly not even the most impressive, but definitely the most famous, and the one spot in the world that has amassed the largest number of marriage proposals. Note how the mist rises gently above the massive stream.
6. Atop Icelandic Waterfall
Avihai Diamantov has snapped this image of tumbling streams. This wide waterfall is located on a river in the fresh green plains of Iceland. The photographer took the picture from a high vantage point, which allowed him to really take in the impressive view of falling water, mist and crashing streams.
7. High Flow Waterfall
Unfortunately, we don’t know where Eran Maoz snapped this picture. Fortunately, it is beautiful and it also invites meditation. It’s a close up side view of a high-flow waterfall, with white water vapor rising from the bottom. The background is entirely obscured by the mist, making the image appear surreally beautiful – as if the water were flowing from and into a chasm.
8. White Water Pool
Next on our list of lovely pictures of waterfalls comes a photographed authored by Ira Smirnov, which depicts a place where fairies or forest spirits might live. In reality, it is a natural pool of white water, formed by the water pouring in from several waterfalls. After coming together in the cauldron of rocks, the water separate into two streams leading out into the forest.
9. Berlin Falls
This wonderful picture is a close-up of the bottom of the Berlin Waterfall, enveloped in beautiful spring fauna. The waterfall is located in the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa, specifically in the province of Mpumalnga. The falls are located close to the place poetically termed God’s Window, as well as to Lisbon Falls, the tallest waterfall in the African country.
10. Victoria Falls
Topping our pictures of waterfalls chart is the world’s largest – the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. It’s 360 feet high and 5,600 wide and more than 1,000 tons of water fall to its bottom every second. The natives call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which literally means ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. Its location is right on the cusp of two countries, between Zambia and Zimbabwe.