I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about this assignment. I am not good at finding interesting subjects for long term photography projects. After spending a day at Taughannock Falls last January, I knew this impressive waterfall was going to be my Four Seasons project for 2011. It did not hurt the Glenwood Pines restaurant is nearby either. :)
The location I photographed the waterfall from takes a bit of effort to get to. While most people stop at the Overlook, take a few photos and leave. I hiked up the North Rim trail from the Overlook parking lot about a quarter mile for a more natural portrait of Taughannock Falls. The natural framing of the forest trees and the flow of water over the falls are the keys to the passage of the seasons.
It is easy to be accustomed to the marvels of Nature through familiarity. Watching water drop the 215 feet (65.5 meters) over Taughannock Falls on each visit this year, I found it as impressive as the first time I saw it two years ago. Each season showed a different face of the falls. Ice and quiet in Winter, overflowing and loud in Spring, slight and whispering in Summer and complimentary and musical to the Autumn colors.
The water ever flows over the Great Fall in the Woods as the Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Indians called Taughannock Falls. The friction of the water and the force of gravity continues to slowly change the gorge. During my time there this year, I saw and heard rocks, both large and small, fall from the falls and cascade off the gorge walls. I may never notice much change over the rest of my lifetime. Those visiting in the decades to come will see a different Taughannock Falls State Park. Change is Nature’s way of evolving the world around us. Change both creates and destroys. Those who embrace change, will be successful and survive.
I will recap everyone’s submissions to the assignment next week. Congrats to those who stuck with it!