I hope I’ve been able to capture the magnificent scale of Nuorilang Waterfall in this photo. In many ways, this waterfall could be considered the heart of Jiuzhai Valley: it is the crux that links the three “branches” of the valley together, as well as being one of the grandest sights in the entire park. Forty meters high and 325 meters at its widest point, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in China.
It was also a welcome sight after I’d been lost in the woodlands for half an hour. :)
Nuorilang Waterfall is quite special in that it’s a so-called “forest waterfall”; you’ll notice that the crest of the waterfall, rather than being rimmed by rocks and crevices, is instead teeming with vegetation. Similarly, the waterfall cascades directly into the forest, where the water runs through the park in myriad streams and river meadows. This blending of water and forest is part of what makes Nuorilang Waterfall so remarkable — one of my favorite depictions describes it as a “green loom ceaselessly weaving a cloth of white silk”.
Anyways, I hope I’ve been able to show all that in this photo; I shot a few that had the waterfall much bigger and more prominent in the frame, but I decided that this shot was the best because it was able to show the way from the crest of the waterfall to the bottom of the forest.
Shot with Canon EOS Rebel T3 @ 20mm, 1/100s, f/9, ISO 100.