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Niagara of the West

We’re in southern Idaho now, not far from the town of Twin Falls. Seen here are the Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, which runs here through the Snake River Canyon. We visited them in the late afternoon after checking in at our nearby hotel.

The nickname “Niagara of the West” may seem a bit of an exaggeration, the real Niagara Falls have got a much higher average flow rate, but the Shoshone Falls are actually 14 metres higher. Also, because the falls receive most of their water from snowmelts in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the water flow is diminished considerably in summer and autumn. The volume is further reduced by the Shoshone Falls Dam, which is located immediately upstream from the falls in order to divert water to the Shoshone hydroelectric plant. The falls became a tourist attraction in the 1860s, twenty years after their discovery by Europeans, but before that it had already been an important trading and fishing place for Native Americans.

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Exif Data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/1600 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 459/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-07-27 17:25
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 1840 kb

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Additional Photos by Lars Zwemmer (Tue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11584 W: 57 N: 20015] (75124)
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