Where some of the rain goes

Walking down to the falls

What do you do when there has been heavy rainfall for the past few days?  Why, you visit some of the local waterfalls, of course.

Brandywine Falls, located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is a 60-foot waterfall carved out by Brandywine Creek.  Normally it looks like a bridal veil,  gauzy wisps of water trickling over the rocks (you can see a photo of the waterfall in its normal state here).

Brandywine Creek below.

But after heavy rainfall, it is a torrent of tumultuous water.  It’s pretty spectacular.

To get to the falls overlook, you take a series of stairs and boardwalks.  Normally moist in the gorge, the rain made it especially wet yesterday.  The stairs and boardwalk were slippery.

There were small streams of water pouring into the creek from the sides as seen in the photo above (look towards the top center).

The amazing torrent of water I mentioned was creating quite a mist in the gorge.

A few words of caution

Do you want to see the waterfall?  Have I dragged this out long enough?

Pretty impressive, don’t you think?  It’s even more impressive in motion and with sound which is why I also took a short video while I was there.

Since it is now officially winter (Merry Yule and/or Happy Solstice!), I thought I should bring you a photo of the falls taken with the white balance set to tungsten to bring a little chill to it.

There are several waterfalls in the area.  I’ll bring you some photos of another one tomorrow.

Thanks for joining me on my rainy day hike.  It’s still cloudy here in the Bogs today with the occasional drizzle/mizzle.  More rain is expected tonight, followed by (they say) snow.  We’ll see.  🙂

43 Comments on “Where some of the rain goes”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    Thanks for the trip! I love waterfalls. This one certainly looks powerful here. 🙂

  2. Gosh, those falls look frigid. Happy Solstice, Robin!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      The water was not as cold as you might think. I know because we hiked down into the gorge after looking at the falls and I was wearing my Vibrams (barefoot shoes) so my feet were soaked by the creek which had overflowed its banks. We had to cross little streams occasionally so my feet were right in the water.

  3. That’s some fast water there! Our falls in South Jersey are trickles compared to that! Thanks!

    • Robin says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Teresita. 🙂

      In the summer and autumn months, the waterfalls around here are usually mere trickles. 2011 was exceptionally (record-breaking) rainy so there’s lots of water everywhere.

  4. WOW! That is some waterfall!! I can almost hear the rushing water!

  5. lovely place for a hike and you captured it beautifully for us.

  6. Orel Di Angelo says:

    The photos are lovely

  7. Love the golden feel of those first few images – magical. Video of the falls is impressive!

  8. bearyweather says:

    I love waterfalls. Taking a trip to hike all of the different falls along the North Shore of Lake Superior is one of my favorite things to do. I have never been there in winter, though. With our lake of rain this Fall and no snow, I doubt they are running very strong ..
    Thanks for sharing yours.

  9. Beautiful waterfall hike!! I love the different colors acquired by changing the white balance on the camera, just discovered that one this year!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Smidge. 🙂

      I just discovered it this year too. It’s fun, learning all the different things that can happen just by making a small change.

  10. Bo Mackison says:

    That is amazing! We don’t have waterfalls in southern Wisconsin.

  11. ehpem says:

    bog-coloured water? great shots, I like especially the one above the video, but even more I like the shot in your header, which leads the eyes off into the distance very nicely.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Ehpem. 🙂

      More like mud colored water. A lot of earth is being carried around by all the rain water. I’ll be posting that header shot in today’s post.

  12. Hallysann says:

    Lovely colours in the first photo, but what power in the last ones. Wow !

  13. lynnekovan says:

    That’s one heck of a lot of water! Wonderful shots, I can almost hear the roar of it!

  14. ceceliafutch says:

    We are just 30 to 45 minutes away from Brandywine Falls, but I’ve never seen it look like this! Wow! I’ll have to make a trip to see it. The photos are lovely and tempt me to hop in the car and drive on down!.

    Happy holidays.

  15. Marcie says:

    WOW! Such amazing power and strength in all that water falling. Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas!

  16. nigel says:

    Looks amazing and scary!

  17. mkmercurio says:

    What amazing photos and wonderful view of the waterfalls! You filmed it at a perfect time of year!

  18. jane tims says:

    Video is great. Jane

  19. carlaat says:

    Wow – those are some serious falls! Beautiful! 🙂

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