Great Falls Potomac -from the point of view of my Kodak cam
April 2, 2010 – Friday – 3pm
I went to see again the Great Falls which is very near our place. The park is full of people today and surprisingly, the entrance was free. I planned to buy a season ticket for $20.00; which you can use anytime through out the year. Otherwise, you pay $5.00 for the car and $3.00 for each person.
Many people consider the Great Falls of the Potomac to be the most spectacular natural landmark in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Here, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. This dramatic scene makes Great Falls Park, located just fifteen miles from the Nation’s Capital, a popular site with local residents and tourists from around the world who are visiting the Washington area.
The falls consist of cascading rapids and several 20 foot waterfalls, with a total 76 foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. The Potomac River narrows from nearly 1000 feet, just above the falls, to between 60 and 100 feet wide as it rushes through Mather Gorge, a short distance below the falls. The Great Falls of the Potomac display the steepest and most spectacular fall line rapids of any eastern river.
April 2, 2010 – 3:00 pm –
I am now standing on the overlook, Maryland side. If you noticed, there are other people on the other bank of the river. That is Virginia. For rivers are natural boundaries. Yes, that is Virginia and we are their r view of this Great Falls, as they are ours.
I have not been to the Virginia side of the falls, but I got hold of one image from the web, and here it is. Somebody told me that the view from Virginia is much more beautiful, and I think he is right.
The deck I am standing on is the first part of the rapids from the falls. This is very near the entrance. But the most spectacular view is still far. You have to use the board walk to get you there.
I am standing on the board walk to get to the falls. This is just the halfway. At one time, I asked someone to get a picture of me and I leaned slightly on the railing. The railing moved and I screamed. haha.
After taking the CPA board examination in 1976, a group of friends and I went to Pagsanjan Falls. It was a treat after six months of rigid study not to mention the anxiety that burns the stomach out of you.
When I went to Cagayan de Oro years later, part of the tour was to see the Maria Cristina Falls. I was there to attend the PICPA Convention which was held yearly and in different places in the Philippines.
Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is a landmark of Iligan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city. It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well-known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320-feet98 meters/320 feet high waterfall is also the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.
On the same tour, we went as far as Camiguin Island. It was the month of November and it was raining hard and so there were places we did not reach to see. Anyway Camiguin Island was also beautiful.
I particularly chose this image for in here I have seen for the first time tuna as big as a 300 lbs man being cut right on the floor of this pier. I can see from afar the red meat of the tuna. I will never forget that image in my mind.
The Island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay.
Camiguin is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao, with its land area pegged at 29,187 hectares. It is composed of five towns, namely, Mambajao – the capital town, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman. The island plays host to seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mount Hibok-Hibok. According to the National Statistics Office, Camiguin has a total population of 74,232 persons, making the province the second smallest in the Philippines in terms of population.
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