Upper Cascata della Marmore

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedOctober 25, 2009
TakenMay 3, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/100 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length55 mm
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Q: Why cant I post new stories? :(

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Located in Umbria, near Terni, Cascata della Marmore (Marmore’s Falls) is the largest man-made waterfall in the world. This three tiered falls, the longest 83 m (272 feet), drops a total of 165 m (541 feet). In 271 BC the Roman consul Manlius Curius Dentatus ordered the construction of a canal to redirect the flow of the Velino River into the natural cliff at Marmore. At that time the river fed a wetland that was thought to cause sickness (most likely malaria) in the nearby city of Rieti. The newly constructed canal solved the wetland problem, but threatened the city of Terni when the river reached flood stage. A major rift developed between the two cities and grew to where the Roman Senate had to get involved in 54 BC. They didn’t solve anything.

Over the centuries three Popes ordered construction of a new canal, each time hoping to solve flooding problems. The third attempt, thanks to architect Andrea Vici in 1787 modifying the leaps below the falls to their present appearance resolved most of the problems. For nearly 50 years the waters of Marmore Waterfalls are used to fuel a hydroelectric power plant. For the power plants operational needs and to satisfy tourists the fall is turned on at scheduled times, creating an incredible effect at full flow. I had great fun snapping pictures of this event as Fred and I made our way down the long, wet and winding staircase from the top of the falls to the bottom.

Note to my JPG friends: I posted these shots shortly after I joined JPG in September of 2008, but thought the top level shot would work well for this theme.

25 responses

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Oct 2009):

    Wow, Deb! Very beautiful and powerful shot!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Interesting read and lovely photo. dp

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Dramatic and wonderful, Deb!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    I really like all 3 shots, Deb....this one is perfect for the theme!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Fabulous shot and entry!!! This one really shows the power of the falls!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    wow, great series Deborah!


    JOE FAILK gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Fantastic entry!! Great in lightbox

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Love this and it works very well for the theme plus your narrative to support your picture.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Just a gorgeous image Deb. Your framing is exquisite

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Beyond stunning....!!! :)

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    great capture, very informational caption and perfect theme entry!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    Magnificent. What a perfect entry. Wonderful narrative. (I like them, as you may know. LOL.)

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    Powerful image, nicely done.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (26 Oct 2009):

    Splendid capture!!!!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (27 Oct 2009):

    amazing capture so well done !!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    This is a beautiful shot. I can almost hear the power of the falls. A terrific entry. I love that you included the history of the falls. I see that the times have not changed since the Roman senate then is much like the American senate today. LOL!!!!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Perfect capture of the power of the water, well entered..

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Beautifully done! I love the way you composed this!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    The stories with the photos are so great. A little history to go along is a good thing. You did an excllent job at capturing the strenth and power of the falls! Gorgeous!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Fabulous falls!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Oh YEAH...Rockin' JPG's Theme Park.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Great Entry!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    I agree with all the above descriptions. This is a fabulous entry for the theme.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    Great history behind the falls and this shot is stunning!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2009):

    Exquisite is the key word here,,interesting narrative to go along with this entry..

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