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Pictures of Upstate New York ~ March ~ A small waterfall on Enfield Creek

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22 thoughts on “Pictures of Upstate New York ~ March ~ A small waterfall on Enfield Creek

  1. That’s an interesting little spillway. I have no idea how the respectable-sounding Enfield Creek rates in the Upstate New York pantheon but at the moment this neat scene brings to mind the ubiquitous “Ithaca is Gorges” bumper sticker which is proudly displayed on beat-up station wagons from sea to shining sea. Not one possessing particularly honed acumen, still I’m embarrassed to admit my puzzlement at the clever play on words for a moment longer than the national median for wit. Hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend, Robert.

    • Thanks, Jason, I hope you are too!
      Enfield Creek flows into Treman State Park, definitely one of most popular Ithaca tourist spots in warmer weather, and then into Cayuga Lake. It does sound respectable, doesn’t it, but prone to go a bit over-the-top in the spring. Along its banks, you can see debris from old floods – I’m not good at gauging such things, but at least 6′ from normal levels, on the fairly level stretches, so in the narrow gorge it must be a lot higher.
      The Cornell geology kids have “Reunite Pangea” stickers, too, don’t know if they’re doing anything to advance that cause.

  2. I wondered if you hadn’t noticed the falls before because of different conditions. I don’t know much about waterfalls, but I can imagine that the right combination of heavy snow and just the right melt would create a more substantial flow. I know that when Manitoba melts too fast, Minnesota (and a whole lot of territory downstream) suffers.

    In any event, it’s a beautiful little falls, and certainly that flowing water’s a great reminder that spring is on the way.

    I love both of those bumper stickers that you and T. Fir mentioned. Are bumper stickers still a thing in your area? They seem to be declining around here, for what I imagine to be a variety of reasons. It took me a minute to get “Ithaca is Gorges,” too. Clever.

    • You know, I think you’re right about the bumper stickers – -in old photo albums, the bumpers are often plastered. Now there’s sports team stickers, but fewer travel stickers. Back windows have a lot of 26.2, 13.1, etc. marathon ones, and these little oval abbreviations, like FLX, instead of a real bumper display of “Finger Lakes”
      When I was a kid, I’d see a lot of “OBX” and thought it was a warning of “Obnoxious” but it turns out to be “Outer Banks”
      But the Ithaca college kids are bucking the trend – – lots of “Visualize Whirled Peas,” rainbow flags, Earth is Your Mother, etc. The ivy is holding together some of the old stone buildings at Cornell, and the stickers are keeping some of these Volvos in one piece.

      • I got behind a van that was held together by stickers, and it’s given rise to a blog post. The post won’t fit on a bumper, unfortunately, but it’s fun to work on.

        • That’s great! 🙂 Look forward to it! Some of my favorite art projects in grade school involved papier-mâché (I just looked up the fancy spelling) and that’s what the bumper-sticker-body-work always brings to mind.

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