The Lower Fall Of Foyers
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"'The Fall of Foyers,' says Professor Wilson, 'is the most magnificent cataract, out of all sight and hearing, in Britain. The din is quite loud enough in ordinary weather; and it is only in ordinary weather that you can approach the place from which you have a full view of all its gradeur. When the Fall is in flood - to say nothing of being drenched to the skin - you are so blinded by the sharp spray smoke, and so deafened by the dashing, and clashing, and tumbling, and rumbling thunder, that your condition is far from enviable, as you cling, 'lonely lover of nature,' to a shelf by no means eminent for safety, above the horrid gulf. In ordinary Highland weather - meaning, thereby, weather neither very wet nor very dry - it is worth walking a thousand miles for one hour to behold the Fall of Foyers.'
'As high in air the bursting torrents flow;
As deep recoiling surges foam below;
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And, viewless, echo's ear astonish'd rends.
Dim seen, through rising mists and ceaseless showers,
The hoary cavern, wide-surrounding, lowers;
Still through the gap the struggling river toils,
And still below the horrid cauldron boils.'
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson