Of all of nature's siren calls, the sound of a waterfall in the distance is perhaps one of the most alluring. There's something captivating, mysterious and downright powerful about water flowing over a cliff, no matter the height or size. That kind of natural hypnotism is what's been attracting people to swim, scale or just gaze at these natural wonders for thousands of years.
As aerial photographer Agon Nimani proves, waterfalls are also an attractive muse for drones, with the small quadcopters able to give us new perspectives deemed too technically challenging or too dangerous for mere humans to achieve. This vertical shot shows off the beautiful colors within the pool of the 82-foot-high White Drin Waterfall in Kosovo.
Nimani's shot is one of hundreds of waterfalls submitted to SkyPixel, a community for aerial photographers and filmmakers. Below are some of our other favorites to both delight the eye or trigger a bout of vertigo.
The ethereal blue of Havasu Falls
Aerial photographer Bernard Chen captured this attractive flow of turquoise water over Havasu Falls using a DJI Phantom 3. Located deep within the Grand Canyon, Havasu drops more than 100 feet into beautiful pools. The water's blue color is due to high concentrations of naturally occurring calcium carbonate.
Staring into the abyss of Carrington Falls
Located within Budderoo National Park in New South Wales, Australia, Carrington Falls is a plunge waterfall with a height of about 150 feet. Aerial photographer Matt Hipsley captured this unique vertical view of the falls using a Hero 4 Black camera attached to a drone.
Sunset at Phantom Falls
Phantom Falls in Oroville, California, is so-named because of its seasonal flow and tendency to dry up during the summer months. Captured here by aerial photographer Eric DaBreo, the falls plunge 164 feet off Table Mountain into a grotto hidden by trees below. For those who love a bit of mystery, there's also a mine shaft behind the falls that dates back to the California Gold Rush.
Looking down on Vernal Fall in Yosemite
The 317-foot Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park is captured beautifully in this shot from photographer Neal Holmes and his DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. While spring flows turn the waterfall into a dramatic single plunge of water, the summer months reduce the water to multiple strands. It's estimated that more than 1,500 people make the hike to Vernal Fall each day during the summer.
The many falls of Detian-Ban Goic
Aerial photographer Dexter Sadang snapped this beautiful overhead view of Detian-Ban Goic Falls using a DJI Phantom. The falls split the border of China and Vietnam and shift seasonally from one major fall to several small ones in the summer months.
A unique 'cloud fall'
Give it up for the beauty of water vapor! Aerial photographer Normal Nollau captured this beautiful sunset "cloud fall" while flying his DJI Inspire over Harmersbach Valley in Germany. "It looked as if the clouds flow like a waterfall over the mountain," he wrote.
Over the lip of Purling Brook Falls
Aerial photographer "Andrew" used a DJI Phantom 3 Professional to snap this dramatic vertical shot of Purling Brook Falls in Queensland, Australia. The falls, located in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests, reach a height of nearly 350 feet.
Cold as ice Huka Falls
Another blue beauty, Huka Falls in New Zealand comprise a series of waterfalls that drain Lake Taupo. Photographed here by Sarn Elliott using a DJI Inspire 1, the falls are notable not for their drop, but for their sheer volume of water: an astounding 53,000 gallons per second.
Edge of the World at Victoria Falls
There's something beautifully haunting about the way Victoria Falls creeps into this image of this green precipice. Captured by "Travel Quintessence," Victoria Falls is considered the world's largest waterfall, spanning a distance of more than 5,600 feet.
The roar of Desoto Falls
Aerial photographer Shane Holman snapped this overhead shot of Desoto Falls in the 3,500-acre Desoto State Park. Located in Alabama, the falls reach a height of 104 feet and are named in honor of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.