Water Falls

Water flowing down cliff in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Water flowing down cliff (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

When we think of water, we might think of a warm, luxurious bath or refreshing swim.  We may remember kayaking peacefully (or in my case, not so peacefully) down a river, allowing the current to carry us gently along. We admire the way bodies of water glisten in the sun or mirror the changing foliage, often taking pleasure in simply gazing at reflections from the shore.  We are relaxed by the sounds of water softly lapping upon a sandy beach or swiftly tumbling over moss covered boulders in a nearby brook.  What we sometimes forget during those soothing moments of ebb and flow is just how powerful water can be given the time or circumstance.

Holes worn in the stone from water in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Holes worn in the stone from water (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

We witness the force that water can produce when we see rivers that are dammed, utilizing the churning current to power generators, which in turn may provide electricity to nearby towns.  When heavy rains cause flooding, the raging flow of water is capable of moving landscapes and buildings.   When our tea kettle shrills simply from the pent up pressure of boiling water rumbling inside it.  And on the largest scale, our own 270 mile long Grand Canyon was carved out over 5 million years by strong winds and the steady current of rivers.

Kent Falls flowing down hillside in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Kent Falls flowing down hillside (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

All these thoughts and more tumble about inside my head as I walk up the quarter mile trail alongside a beautiful and well known Connecticut waterfall, Kent Falls.  Although considered the highest waterfall in the state, it is actually a series of waterfalls and cascades that drop over a length of 250 feet from the top.  The surrounding landscape, of which the park encompasses 295 acres, was called Scatacook by the Native Americans that once fished and thrived there.  The park is an open meadow at the base, with a heavily wooded forest that borders the steep banks as you hike up the adjacent trail.

Water cascading over mossy stones in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Water cascading over mossy stones (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

As I walked along, stopping frequently to take photos and breathe in the tranquil scenery, I couldn’t help but notice the unusual formations in the rocks that made up the falls as well as the massive boulders at the base of each cascade.  Some were worn with lines and edges resembling tree bark, others had various sized holes formed inside them, while others were polished completely smooth; all from the constant flow of water.  It was both a magnificent and humbling experience to sit by this majestic water source as it continued to flow the course it had been following for centuries, not affected in any way by my presence.

Kent Falls in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Kent Falls (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Unlike the majority of visitors to Kent Falls, I always choose to visit during the most unsavory of times; during the cold late autumn and winter months.  I do this because I dislike crowds when trying to embrace the serenity and exquisite nature of a landmark, and because I become deeply saddened by the destruction and disregard to the gentle plant life that thrives along the edges of the falls.  Although my late season visits often come upon litter, and trampled plants and mosses, other areas show signs of revival with delicate patches of ferns, columbine, phlox and wild geranium cautiously sprouting forth.  Not only has the energy of this powerful waterfall recharged my batteries, but it has jump started the surrounding landscape as well.

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  1. The power of water was dramatically evident here recently in Austin as flooding took out homes and golf course in our former neighborhood and lapped just yards away from our present home downtown. Global warming is extracting it’s revenge.

    • The damages we’ve seen from freak storms are unprecedented indeed. In Connecticut we had a hurricane followed by a snow storm a few years back, resulting in flooding, trees downed and no power for weeks. Hurricane Sandy devastated areas of shoreline in New York and New Jersey last year. All over the word global warming is wreaking terrifying amounts of damage, it’s very scary~

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