03.07.2022 Nice Gneiss

Yesterday some friends invited me to meet up in Shelburne, MA and visit the Glacial Potholes.  I had visited the location a long time ago…read 40+ years…and was happily surprised to see color and patterns which I did not recall.  Of course when I did visit there it was a place just to hang out and do some herb before I was a serious photographer.

Today I am sharing a shot of some colorful rocks and a cascade below Salmon Falls, a part of the Deerfield River that was a natural waterfall and a great spot for Native Americans (likely Mohawk and Penobscot tribes) to fish. It has since been reinforced and harnessed for power. I need to return soon for more images of the dam, waterfall, other cascades, and potholes when the snow is gone. This is just a few yards from the Bridge of Flowers so I hope to do a two-fer once spring arrives.

The rock is metamorphic gneiss formed by high temperature and pressure at the convergence of tectonic plates. The gneiss can contain crystals of other rock such as quartz.

Of course as I finally got out to do some photography it started raining shortly after we got there and I did manage more than this one shot which I’ll share in the next day or two. But it was good to meet up with my friends, one purpose of which was so they could give me some sourdough starter.  We went to their house a few miles nearby afterward and had sourdough waffles with maple syrup and bacon.  All in all a fine morning.


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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33 Responses to 03.07.2022 Nice Gneiss

  1. Oh, man…sourdough waffles with maple syrup and bacon! I am soooo hungry for that right now.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    I love these colourful metamorphic rocks in front of the falls, Steve.

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  3. Easy to see why the “marbling” in those rocks caught your photographic attention. Looking forward to other takes.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice shot and breakfast treat! The falls ought to be roaring soon… it is cool when the spray creates rainbows. 🙂

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  5. Ms. Liz says:

    That’s so nice and colourful, and I’m massively looking forward to what you see at the Bridge of Flowers!

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  6. The photo shows a beautiful contrast between the well-defined, nice gneiss and the slightly blurry but no less nice waterfall. I was hoping to come up with another catchy homophone, but my mind is empty. 🙂

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  7. This is very pretty. Temperature here dropped too, near freezing, after the 21, go figure!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    And I’ll bet the maple syrup you have up there is real maple syrup. Mmmm mmmm…. 🙂

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    • It is, Todd. One can ride down most any back road and see tapped trees and sap lines running to shiny stainless steel holding tanks. Sugar houses have aromatic steam rising from them and a few have restaurants with pancakes and waffles. Mmmm Mmmm indeed. 🙂

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  9. Sounds like a very fine morning… And delicious. Beautiful shots of these falls and rocks. I remember distinctly learning about GNEISS in middle school earth science when I lived in upstate New York. We actually used to go on wonderful field trips… The teacher made learning about rocks so fascinating!

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  10. shoreacres says:

    The swirled colors of the rocks are beautiful, but now I’m seeing that golden flow as maple syrup poured over the rocks from above. That could tempt me to head over to the nearest Waffle House for a pecan waffle, but they wouldn’t have real maple syrup.

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    • When I was a child my mother used to make “maple” syrup with a quart of sugar, some Mapleine concentrate, and boiling water. We thought it was great…until we had the real thing. Even the thinner maple syrup is better than artificial. When I go to High Ledges, also in Shelburne, I visit a nearby sugar house for breakfast. Freshly squeezed syrup from a plump maple tree.


  11. Jet Eliot says:

    What a truly pleasant day! Wonderful to see the rocks, read about the formations, and gaze upon your fantastic photo, Steve.

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    You’re killing me with the sourdough waffles, maple syrup, and bacon. And it should be eaten in New England in someone’s house. Perfect. YUm. Love the rock formation, too. 😉

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  14. Very nice Steve! Very interesting rock images!


  15. Cool foreground pattern for your waterfall!

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  16. Beautiful composition, I love the balance of the colourful rock and its weight, with the softness and movement of the water.

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