07.02.2015 Wahconah Falls Brook

The brook is a few miles long, but this section is just a few feet, 100 or so, down brook from the falls.  I am not sure if this would have benefited from a wade, but I liked the lineup from the rocks to the opposite rock pile and trees with the cascade in between.

Wahconah-Falls-Brook-062915-700WebI think there are several more composition here and the water is probably still at a strong flow after 18 hours of rain on Tuesday night and into Wednesday.  With another 4 day weekend coming up…actually just now started, I will probably make another visit.

The image below is not one of my better efforts (and it’s a huge crop) but I am just posting it to share, especially with Melissa who just posted a lovely painting (please be sure to click the image on her blog to see it much larger and more impressive even) involving Baltimore Checkerspots (Euphydryas phaeton) and Turtleheads…the flowers, she’s not making turtle soup.  🙂

Baltimore-Checkerspot-062215-700WebFirst time I’ve seen one and I only got off two clicks before it flew off to parts unknown…although probably not all that far away.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 07.02.2015 Wahconah Falls Brook

  1. These falls never fail to impress me and the checkerspot is a beauty. For sure butterflies wait for no one and they drive me nuts trying to get a decent pic. It will wear a person “plum out.”

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    • High or low water, most waterfalls have some interesting features. I try to visit them in all conditions to have a good selection.
      Butterfly photography is difficult for sure…especially with a tripod. I’ve done a little handheld shooting in the yard with a flash and one or two have not been too bad.

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  2. Jim in IA says:

    We had a nice hike this morning along a rock face 50-75 ft above a local river. I got some shots of some interesting ferns to share in a post soon.

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  3. A few years ago an elderly friend of mine pointed out that the English word brook is falling out of use. Google’s Ngram viewer confirms that:

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=brook&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cbrook%3B%2Cc0

    Among those of us who still use brook, I suspect our ages are closer to triple digits than to single digits.

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    • That may be the case, but these spots I visit are all named brook. I don’t imagine they will change the names because of the cost of new signs. I think some of it is regional. Here in WMass most of the bodies of water this size are called brooks. When I visit Maine most are called streams. It may be historical or maybe the data you just shared.

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      • Here in Texas I think a brook would most likely be called a creek.

        Some words that have fallen out of general use live on in place names and family names. Brook isn’t a dead word yet, but even if it were to die off we’d still have names like Sunnybrook, Beaverbrook, Westbrook, East(er)brook, and Middlebrook.

        You can see a similar thing with wort, which used to be an independent word meaning ‘plant, herb,’ but now is found only in compounds like spiderwort, milkwort, birthwort, bladderwort, thoroughwort, and pennywort.

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      • I’ve always heard that as “crick” and think first of my back pain.

        I have always heard creek over the years and know exactly what it means, but it is not used around here much at all. A favorite usage of the word would be:

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      • Your choice of song is a coincidence because in reply to a comment on my blog this morning I linked to a song that Bob Dylan recorded with The Band.

        I’m pretty sure that in the Long Island suburb where I grew up people did use the word creek (pronounced to rhyme with seek), but I also used the word brook.

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  4. Girl Gone Expat says:

    Very nice Steve! Like how you have included the two rocks with the green moss in the front of the stream.

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  5. Good morning, Steve, and thanks for the reference to my post 🙂 I’m excited that you saw a Baltimore Checkerspot in the field. I really like the composition of the falls. It is a beautiful photo, lots of energy and movement balanced with the stillness of rock ant tree.

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  6. So unique and beautiful. First time I’ve heard of this butterfly. Thanks for sharing the link to Melissa’s site and her artwork

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