The earth is full of fascinating waterfalls. There are hidden waterfalls, crystal blue waterfalls, underwater waterfalls and frozen waterfalls. There are also stunning lava falls that can come as a complete surprise when seen for the first time.
One particularly unusual kind of waterfall, which is not really a ‘’fall’’ at all, is the Upside-Down Waterfall, with examples located in different parts of the world.
These stunning falls are natural and rare beauties. They happen when strong gusts of wind blow against a waterfall’s natural flow, thus forcing the stream of water to spray upwards or blow backwards.
In reality, the view is something of an optical illusion. The water’s perplexing performance does, however, provide excellent entertainment for its audiences.
See below for some breathtaking images of ‘upside-down waterfalls to be discovered and enjoyed around world in all their windy glory.
Kinder Falls, United Kingdom
The Kinder Falls are situated near Hayfield in the Peak District. The cascades are normally around 80 feet in length. But when the wind strikes, the Kinder River is stopped by the pressure and water is blown back, upwards onto the Kinder Scout Plateau.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
On the western coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a stunning sight that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. The waterfalls there are surrounded by amazing scenery and the strong sprays of water are especially dramatic on a windy day.
Waipuhia Falls, Oahu, Hawaii
The trade winds strike from northeast, turning the Waipuhia Falls upside-down. This is a rare scene and one has to make some effort to go and see it after a rainy day. Take your car and drive down the Pali Highway eastbound to see the falls in motion on the right hand side, or hike into the valley to see them up close.
Rjúkandi Waterfall, Iceland
This waterfall is situated in the Eyjafjöll mountain range, which is well-known as a windy region. According to Iceland Magazine, upside-down waterfalls are not an uncommon site in the country and this is a particularly fine example.