My first memory of a real waterfall (I’m not counting the man-made ones at Chadwick Lakes in Malta) was as a child when, together with my parents and brother, we gazed in awe at Switzerland’s famous Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall, followed by the rather scary but fascinating boat ride to the rocks in the middle of the falls for a close encounter of the watery kind!
Ever since that day, whenever I hear the word waterfall, I feel butterflies in my stomach, my eyes get a little bigger, my heart beats a little faster, and my smile gets a little wider… much like falling in love. I am always amazed by how beautiful a waterfall is. Really, I find it so magical and it mesmerizes me big time!
Roaring and powerful, yet serene and calming, waterfalls are one of nature’s most magical creations. It’s no joke that the concept of a cascade of water falling through the sky, simple though it is, proves again and again to be one of Earth’s most captivating natural wonders. And though sometimes the hunt for the perfect waterfall vista can prove quite a trek, the spectacular feeling of fresh falling mist on the face and a gaze at the pure majesty of the natural world is truly worthwhile.
Waterfalls are one of those rare universal things that just about all humans love. Some waterfalls are gentle but others are like a thundering monster charging by. Those are the ones I like, and few things in life are as awe inspiring as a huge waterfall shaking the earth as you stand close by getting drenched by its spray.
Some say that because of the negative ions released by a waterfall, you can’t help but feel happy when you’re near one. The science says that when the negative ions go into our bloodstream, it increases the production of serotonin, which is the happy chemical.
Even if you don’t agree with the science, you’ll certainly agree about the happy part. When the sight and sound of waterfalls combined, you can’t help but put on a smile.
Waterfalls are naturally beautiful. You can’t help but to take photos of them when you finally gaze upon one. Not only that, but money for tourism infrastructure and promotion tends to go towards waterfalls. So why are we so drawn to the beauty of waterfalls? What is it about them?
Well, they present a certain reassuring sense of order in a chaotic world of ever-present randomness. And that alone seems to positively impact our mood and mental health.
The order is evident when we see its graceful patterns or awesome geometric shape gaudily showing itself to us. When we see a natural waterfall flowing and mesmerizing us, we get the sense that things feel “right” and full-of-life.
As a matter of fact, since life on earth revolves around water, you can make the argument that waterfalls announce the health of the ecosystem (and in the larger picture – the health of the world).
A healthy flow over waterfalls means the watercourse can support various life around it as Nature takes its course. With their thundering splash of water and rainbow-causing mist, we simply can’t ignore the commanding presence of a waterfall. Visit a natural waterfall, and you’ll see just how easy it is to appreciate Nature.
More importantly, you’ll also increase your desire to protect Nature for it becomes apparent that everything seems to be connected to each other – from the waterfall’s health, to the life around it dependent on the water, to the reciprocal benefits of us knowing that these places exist and put us in a good mood.
In fact, waterfalling moments can be so special that you’ll remember the experience for the rest of your life but make sure you wear boots or a good pair of waterproof trekking shoes, and take along a raincoat and/or a change of clothes in case you get wet.
So, whenever you travel, don’t miss going to waterfalls. In our life we must surely have to go to waterfalls. If you get a chance then don’t miss it. It will really give you a wonderful feeling!