A Break in Watkins Glen

Posted on | September 20, 2009 | 4 Comments

After our yummy brunch with Laura on Saturday, Maurizio and I (with our friend Ivan in tow), headed to Watkins Glen for an afternoon. The series of canyons and waterfalls in the small park were carved out by glaciers and streams over many many years and are breathtakingly beautiful – a natural geological wonder on a small scale – and the number of visitors toting cameras were a testament to that. Although we’ve been to Watkins Glen several times during our years in Ithaca, it never fails to impress. The gorge trail hews close to the chain of pools and waterfalls that make up the most visually arresting part of the park, but the Indian Trail, which lies on higher ground just several feet above the gorges, offers a different view – one shaded by the many species of endemic trees in the area.

I’m most enchanted, however, by the pools that the waterfalls empty into. Here’s one that’s evocative (to me anyway) of buried treasure. The afternoon light hitting the water’s surface transforms it somehow; and the eerie green glow distorts the rocks and whatever else might be lurking beneath the surface.

Just to show you that I haven’t been entirely lax in my knitting duties. Here’s a deadline project languishing against the Glen’s backdrop.


4 Responses to “A Break in Watkins Glen”

  1. juniperjune
    September 20th, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

    hi there! i started reading just a few weeks ago when i realized you’d designed like six sweaters in my ravelry queue, and i’m delighted to learn that you live in ithaca — i went to cornell for undrgrad and have been pining away for the gorges (and the town, and the forests, and the dairy bar) ever since. so i appreciate these pictures!

  2. Lisette M
    September 21st, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    I visited Watkins Glen a couple of years ago; it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, when you think you couldn’t be more impressed you turn the corner and it starts all over again.

  3. Angela
    September 25th, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

    Watkins Glen! It’s been many, many years since I was there…looks as stunning as ever.

  4. mary jane
    October 6th, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Wow, these pools are enchanting!

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