On October 16th, I joined the Cornell Photo Society on an outing to Taughannock Falls State Park, a twenty minute drive from campus. The upper Taughannock falls tower 215 feet, more than 30 feet taller than Niagara, making it the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The upper falls spill over the mouth of a "hanging valley," which is a glacier-carved tributary valley of a higher relief than the body of water into which it flows, according to my good friend, Wiki Pedia, Ph.D. Formed by the grating force of receding glaciers, the Taughannock valley has near-vertical cliffs that rise up to 400' above the river, which runs quite shallow over a broad, flat rock substrate below the falls.
The upper Taughannock Falls make quite a striking impression framed against the sheer face of the bowl between the two valleys. There's not much more of a story here, but I just wanted to share some of the photos I took that day, and then on the following weekend when I took my parents along during their visit.
And although they pale in comparison, the Lower Falls certainly contribute their own bit of beauty to this well-endowed gorge.
*No pun intended