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© Deborah Downes
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Photo Info
UploadedApril 16, 2012
TakenMay 3, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/125 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length26 mm

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The lowest fall of Cascata della Marmore, the largest man made waterfall in the world. Located in the Italian region of Umbria, this three tiered falls, the longest 83m (272 feet), drops a total of 165m (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.

I posted this shot shortly after I joined JPG in 2008. Thought it would be good for this theme.

23 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (16 Apr 2012):

    Great for the theme and great capture!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (16 Apr 2012):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Apr 2012):

    Wonderful and beautiful entry, Deborah!...The man made waterfall works well for this challenge!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Apr 2012):

    A real WOW shot, Deb! Well done

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (16 Apr 2012):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Apr 2012):

    this is breathtaking! i love it.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    An incredibly beautiful entry!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (18 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful entry of a priceless natural event and famous, good Deborah!

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (18 Apr 2012):

    Just beautiful.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 Apr 2012):

    this is a real winner !!!!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (18 Apr 2012):

    beautiful capture and entry

  • stefan källander

    stefan källander (Deleted) gave props (19 Apr 2012):

    excellent work, nicely done

  • Michele Wambaugh

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  • Carlo Pagan

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  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (20 Apr 2012):

    Great narrative and an excellent entry for the theme!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Apr 2012):

    I'm green with envy over the excellence of this JPG Theme Park entry.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (23 Apr 2012):

    So beautiful, Deborah!!!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (23 Apr 2012):

    Great narrative to accompany a wonderful picture - thank you for the lesson!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (23 Apr 2012):


  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (24 Apr 2012):

    SPECTACULAR Deborah.. a very impressive image!!!

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  • Cindy Griff

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