Shoshone Falls

7/2006

Shoshone Falls is on the Snake River near Twin Falls, Idaho.  At 212 feet high, it is said to be higher than Niagara Falls.  In any case it is a powerful sight.  The best time to see it is in the spring.  The Snake River fed by snow melt and spring rains is much higher.  Another factor is the water channeled off upstream for irrigation projects.

 

 

 

 

This picture was taken in July.  The river level is a lot lower than it was in the spring but the falls are still quite spectacular.

 

 

 

 

Even at low water there is enough spray generated to maintain a perpetual rainbow.  The building in the upper left is a power station.

 

 

 

This is the view downstream of the Falls.  The Snake River is over 1000 miles long originating in Yellowstone NP at an altitude of 9500 feet.  It then flows south to southern Idaho, across the bottom of Idaho and then turns north to Washington and empties into the Columbia River. 

The name of the river came from a miscommunication.  The first explorers to find the river asked the local Indians what its name was.  Indians did not name places the way Europeans do; they simply describe them.  The Indians told the explorers (in sign language) that it was the river where they caught many fish. The word "fish" in sign language is an S-shaped movement of the hand.  The explorers misinterpreted that to be "snake".

 

 

 

This picture of the Falls was taken in the spring of the year.  You can see that there is considerably more water available.  I stole this picture from the Internet.