Swimming with the Devil - see 1:10
Zambian Bungee Jump Swing
Typhoon in Taiwan
Japanese Swinging Fire Festival
The closest to death I've ever been - Devil's Pool at the top of Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia. January 2, 2010.
The spot we're all sitting in is called Devil's Pool, hence the video name. To reach it, we first took a small boat to Livingstone island: a tiny island near the edge of Victoria Falls. We then swam across the top of the falls for about 20 minutes, stopping every few meters to swim directly up stream because the current would drag us closer to the edge as we tried to swim perpendicular.
The three black men (the two sitting on either side and the third holding my camera) were the guides we hired through our hotel (the Zambezi Sun) and some of the bravest souls I've ever met. I can't remember exactly how much but I think it was $50 each, and well worth the investment. There were other locals who would take us for less, but inexperienced guides get tourists killed, which had happened the week. The guides knew exactly where to swim across the top of the falls, stop to rest, and swim up stream. One of them even carried one of the girls on his back when she had a panic attack while swimming across the falls. Most importantly, as you can see in the video, a guide sat on each side of the group to make sure we didn't wander out of the safe area (well safe-ish). There's a small underwater rock ridge which we leaned against to stop us from spilling over.
That being said, fouling around will still get you killed, as I almost learned when I tried leaning over the falls to snap a self-portrait. I felt the water rush and my legs, which were planted to the floor, swing up with the current. I quickly decided I could live without a self-portrait. The third guide, the one who took the incredible footage with my camera, actually stood on the tiny rock ridge, leaning over to capture the precipitous drop and, yes, the double rainbow. Inconceivably stunning! He could have died with the smallest slip! And these guys do this every day. They were all tipped well.
TJ from Toronto, CAN
Devil's pool, Victoria Falls
Strange sea creature
Strange sea creature at Armenistis camping, Greece, 29/07/2010
Close "clear-air" lightning bolt! - Darwin Australia
This massive clear air bolt (cloud-to-ground lightning bolt) hit about
200-250m away from our location. Here in Darwin, Australia these bolts can
leap 15-20km away from the main storm striking a dry area surrounding the
storm. You don't see me in the frame for good reason as I was in my car! :P
A photo was captured using a Canon 1DMark IV and lightning trigger made by
Stepping Stone Products, LLC - http://www.lightningtrigger.com/
Photo can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/willz0r/5289990107/
The bolt hits near the base of the tree as a large puff of dust can be seen
after the initial strike!
Thanks to Jacci for providing some foreground entertainment! :D
tsunamui real video
i really have no idea where this video is from !! but uploaded is bc its so