An iced cathedral was what first came to mind when I saw Taughannock Falls last weekend. The huge icicles were like the pipes of a massive organ I estimated were hanging down 50 feet or more and surrounded the water dropping 215 feet into an ice crater. The 30 foot tall ice crater had formed below during the winter months. Ice and snow covered most of the plunge pool I showed you back in 2009. Once in awhile the constant sound of the falling water was interrupted by a loud boom when a large chunk of ice would break off and fall.
This is another example of showing scale in a photo. The people in the lower right really give this place a sense of a cathedral in scope.
This winter trek to Taughannock Falls State Park was something I came up with when thinking of things to do with other photographers I know near Ithaca, New York. Monroe Payne of IthacaStock.com and Marc Lorenzo, a member of Disney’s Moms Panel, both were excited to see one of New York state’s natural wonders in the middle of winter.
The day was overcast with temperatures in the mid-20’s F. The trail to the falls was well traveled and gave us no trouble hiking the short mile to the falls. Along the way we photographed small iced waterfalls peaking out along the creek bed meandering along the gorge floor and large ice boulders which had fallen from ice formations clinging to the 400 foot high stone walls of the park’s gorge.
After four hours of photographing in the cold of Taughannock Falls from the gorge floor, the overlook above and along the south rim trail, our stomachs told us we needed some nourishment. I knew just the right place to go, the Glenwood Pines restaurant and their “world famous” Pineburger. I had mine with bacon.