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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-06
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100, 52mm C.PL
Exposure: f/6.2
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Rivers, Waterfalls, Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 7:18
Viewed: 4912
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today a short come back to my trip to the Baltic States from the last July :>

After the widest waterfall in Estonia and probably also in Europe which I presented some weeks ago (see here) today I would like to show you the higest waterfall in this country and also neighboring regions.
This is Valaste Waterfall (Estonian: Valaste juga). It is some 26m high, and is situated between Ontika and Valaste in the Kohtla Parish of the Ida-Viru County (=Ida-Virumaa). It was artificially created by directing the water from a drainage trench to the Gulf of Finland at Valaste, near the Ontika Cliff.

As for me the most interesting was not that the waterfall is so high (which of course is very unique, especially in so flat country as Estonia), but amazing colours or rocks just behind of falling water. I was looking in the internet for some explanations why the rocks are so "multi-coloured" and I found that these are both because of chemical elements deposited in the ground and different species of algae :>

Have a nice weekend and thank you in advance for your time and comments! :>

PaulH, eqshannon, Amadeo, Argus, boreocypriensis, jazdzurka, joey, JORAPAVI, Heaven, cataclysta, siggi, ramthakur, haraprasan, anel, horia, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-25 7:39]

Hi Radomir, this is very similar to a limestone rock formation we have here in England, called Malham Cove. The only difference is that this one is still flowing with water and Malham Cove is a long dead remnant of the ice age! Very nice vertigo inducing POV here, and fascinating rock bands..

Wow look at all that layering...it is a super geologic study. A place I sure would have liked as a younger man and more agile..one can see evidence of all the various minerals..ooooops..just now noted that you also saw that...Yes...That is the way of geology eh? It is one of my favorite subjects but my wife took it over from me in college many ears ago and she is my geology expert when I need one.she never tossed her textbooks. We have a library!

Hola Radomir, buena fotografia, vertigo tenía que ser el titulo, diferentes tonos de color captados en las diferentes capas de terreno, la toma tiene buena luz y bonitos tonos de color. Un saludo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-25 9:38]

Hello Radomir,
Yes the different colured roch strata are fascinating in this capture and are to my mind the main feature of this image. I suppose it must be the different minerals in the strata that cause differences in the algal growths.
Nicely composed and exposed.
TFS this interesting image,
Kind regards,

Hello Radomir,
Now thats a cool waterfall the multi-colored strata layers is very appealing to the eye, I like the contour of ot as well, you selected a nice POV.
Paul :)

Hi My beloved friend Radek,
A gerat shot shawing the stratification in this waterfall with nice deytails from an upper POV. TFS my friend! Greetings from Cyprus,


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-25 16:33]

Hi Radomir

A lovely shot showing this waterfall very well. It actually looks quite natural and very like some of the waterfalls in the limestone areas of the Pennines.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-25 16:48]

Hi Rado,very interesting situation to show,perfect POV to show the differents colors of the rocks,finally something to different on TN,thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi radomir; fantastic and beautiful landscape.amazing shot with superb details and good colours.Very nice composition.TFS

Cześć Radku
Też nie spodziewałabym się po Estonii takich wodospadów :)
Jeśli chodzi o zdjęcie to bardzo dobrze udało Ci się oddać warstwy skały.
Dobra perspektywa i ostrość.

hello radomir,
looking at this fall must be a great experience for you, i liked the way you have captured it, the various layers reflects the process of the stone formation, well composed shot with fine pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Radomir, superb POV for this splendid view of wonderful waterfall, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir,

Good pov and sharpness.
Beautiful colours.
I like the differt stadia colours in the rock.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-26 15:11]

Hi Radomir,
what an amazing waterfall!
It must have been an impressive sight!
Very good composition.
Great exposure.
Superb sharpness.
Brilliant notes.

Well done,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-27 4:14]

Hello Radomir
How beautiful and interesting this waterfall and the geological formation! Looking at those layers you wonder what different moments the Earth has lived. Excellent POV and composition.
Very good job.

Hola Radomir,
Es un placer visitar tu galería por las excelentes imágenes y abundante e interesante información que acompañas en tus notas.
Original toma con tan curiosa gradación de color producida por esos elementos que describes en la nota, gracias por compartirla, un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hi Radomir!

I'm glad to see a picture of this country that I don't know well. The title suits the content very well. It's amazing to notice these different layers of colours. Moreover, the notes are excellent and explain the reason of the phenomenon.

Kind regards


Czesc Radziu
Duzy ten wodospadzik. Podobaja mi sie te warstwy skalne i punkt widzenia pokazujacy to gleboka jakby studnie. Fajny pomysl na prezentacje

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-27 13:11]

Hello Radomir, very interresting place! Very good picture with great textures and colors, good pov. Very well done, thanks!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-28 0:38]

Hallo Radomir,
To jest bardzo interesujace jak tutaj pokazujesz geologiczne warstwy tych skal.Ciekawe czy ta woda tam caly rok tak sobie ciurka.Doskonala pionowa perspektywa.Interesujace miejsce.Pozdrawiam Siggi

The colours of the rock strata are really very fascinating, Radomir.
I am also impressed with the half moon shape of these rocks which, I think, were formed by the continuous flow of water.
It is an interesting shot and thanks for sharing it.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-30 0:51]

Merhaba Radomir,
Sanki bir gökkuşağı şeklini ve renklerini andıran bu güzel doğal manzarayı muhteşem kaydetmişsin. Eline sağlık.
Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile.


Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful waterfall. Very well composed shot with a very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-02 4:45]

Hello Radomir,
Very interesting posting! You have well chosen your point of view to show these amazing different colors of geological layers and also to show us the vertiginous hight of the waterfall. Very beautiful natural colors. I hope that you didn't take to many risks to take this picture!
Thanks a lot
Bon dimanche

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-17 13:19]

Hi Radek

I saw that i overlooked some of your recent photos, but had an easy one in picking one to critique on when i saw this beauty.
You are right: it's not the height of the waterfall that takes the eye away here, but the strata behind it.
The "multi-coloured BG" is amazing and it's so well visible how the water managed to carve its way through all those layers of different types of rocks.
The result here is absolutely amazing and i'm sure it's even better when you see it with your own eyes (and also get to hear the sould of the falling water).
Great photo and presentation!

Bravo and TFS

Dear Radomir,
a very impressing scenery showing quite uniquely multicoloured layers of sediments on that cliff - with the falling waters just starting to cut through, probably reaching ground level in 26,000 years ...
An unexpected place to see in the flat Baltics. Thank you my dear friend. With all my best wishes to you.

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