Water: Gorge Cutter

Water moves, stands still, creates and destroys.

Enfield Creek has cut through hundreds of feet of bedrock over the last hundreds of years to create the new gorge in the upper region of Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, New York.

Enfield Creek has cut through hundreds of feet of bedrock over the last hundreds of years to create the "new" gorge in the upper region of the Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, New York.

This is the glen the Enfield Creek in the Robert H. Treman State Park has created by eroding through hundreds of feet of bedrock. It has created a home for ferns, mosses, shrubs, wildflowers and trees which cling to the edges of the gorge. The creek is relentless as the force of gravity pushes the water ever downward, slowly trimming back millimeters of rock each year.

Is water destroying, creating or just the architect of change?

Many smaller and a couple of larger waterfalls are Natures tools of change in the four mile long gorge through the Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, New York.

Many smaller and a couple of larger waterfalls are Nature's tools of change in the three mile long gorge through the Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, New York.

This is my submission for Assignment 3: Water. Hey, I knew I was going to photograph some waterfalls so what better an assignment to post, eh? 🙂

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26 Responses to Water: Gorge Cutter

  1. Gerry says:

    Rascal. These are beautiful, though. It’s interesting that a photo of rock walls is truly an image of water and its power. More to think about here than how pretty the park is . . .

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    • This is the “new” gorge and was formed “recently” by the creek. The larger area about 100 feet beyond this area is the “old” gorge and was formed as the glaciers receded. New and old being very relative in terms of Earth history. Think in centuries.

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  2. Beautiful images Scott, water is an incredible cutting tool isn’t it !!

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  3. Anna Surface says:

    How very, very beautiful Scott! Wow! I really, really like both; but oh my, the last one is perfect in every which way! The leaves on the rocks and the silky flow of the falls really do make this photo pop. 🙂 Water is the architect of change…. I would love to see waterfalls like this, and photograph them…. and digitally paint too. 🙂

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  4. Carsten says:

    These are beautiful, Scott. I like the close up on the waterfall very much. I have been places like this too seldom. And then without tripod. The lines in the eroded rock in the first image draws attention to the falls. Well composed!

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    • I am trying to become more aware of things like leading lines and framing as I am in the field. A straight on shot had too much clutter and just a slight move to my left brought this scene and I knew I found a good one.

      Try and find even a small tripod. I like to have a Gorilla one with me just in case.

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  5. Nye says:

    It’s so tragic to see water destroy, but I like to think of it as the architect of change. Your images are absolutely beautiful, if only I knew the angle and composition the last time I visited the waterfalls.

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  6. montucky says:

    Both shots are gorgeous! Water, in all of its forms, is always creating.

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  7. Mitch says:

    I love this second picture; man, that bad boy doesn’t even look real! Great stuff.

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  8. kanniduba says:

    Scott, I adore both of these shots! Love the soft look of the water with the slower shutter speeds. Have yet to get to a decent waterfall to try my hand at this. Somehow trying it on the water flowing out of the kitchen faucet just isn’t the same. 🙂

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  9. Your photos are astoundingly beautiful. I have tried to choose a favorite, but can not. Both have unique characteristics that make them stellar. I love the place where Enfield Creek flows through the gorge. The blues of water and rock wall along with the misty waterfall makes this a work of art. The second, from Robert H. Treman State Park, thrills me with your perfect capture of falling water and golden leaf studded rocky terrain. You excel at landscapes, including those with moving water.

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  10. giiid says:

    It is very inspiring to see how you work (or play 🙂 with your camera and make it performe on a high level. These photos look so magic to me, that I´m expecting an elf to be hiding behind the rocks somewhere. Beautiful.

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  11. Laurie says:

    The second one is particularly striking.

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  13. davecandoit says:

    Wow, what fabulous shots. Both are great but I’m really digging the second one. Nice.

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  14. cindydyer says:

    Truly beautiful shots, Scott!

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