Surrounded with relic pine-trees, the Uchan-Su Waterfall casts the same-named river waters down the 98.5-meter vertical cliff.
The name of this highest waterfall of Ukraine is translated as the “flying water”. Indeed, when the snow is melting on the yayla or after heavy showers, the powerful flow runs down the cliff breaking into myriads of splashes, dispersing into water dust and creating beautiful rainbows, when sunny. The roar of water is so loud that it can be heard kilometers away from the place. Wetting your clothes thoroughly with the water dust is a matter of seconds in the waterfall’s vicinity. It is a very powerful and beautiful highlight of the Crimea if you arrive on time to see it.
On contrary, when it is hot and dry, there is not much of the “flying water” left. The waterfall drowsily and quietly trickles down as if tired of the exhausting summer sun.
During the sever winters the waterfall freezes into a festoon of icicles, standing out on the yellow-grey cliff’s background. The icicles do not freeze completely and are in reality ice tubes filled with water. In the 80th of the past century a Crimean mountain climber, Yury Lishayev, has made a challenging ascent of the frozen Uchan-Su Waterfall.
To see Uchan-Su at its best, visit it in the early spring when the snow is melting and early blooming snowdrops and crocuses open their pretty flowers.
I am now back home in Sweden, since 4 days, after a really great week in Odessa. I must have walked between 100-200 km in that city and worn out 2 pair of shoes during that time. And it was with mixed feelings I entered the airflight back home.
I also like to thank You again, Irina, for the great apartment and service You and your office provide, and You can be sure that I have promoted Odessa and your office a lot, among my friends, since I came home - the pictures I took of the city has really impressed them :-)
Odessa might be a worn down city (on its way up), and I understand if many people have a hard time dealing with all the chances in the society, but Odessa really did put its mark on me.