Arched Bridge Over the River at Letchworth

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At Letchworth State Park in Western New York, they had many wonderful trails.  We explored a bunch but not all of them.  This long trail leads way down the gorge to the water below and even has an arched stone bridge across the river for pedestrians and backpackers.  Here the water looks serene and deep.

ISO 400, F/5.6, 1/250 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/5.6, 1/250 sec, 105 mm Lens

Further way view of the same area:

ISO 400, F/8, 1/180, 40 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/8, 1/180, 40 mm Lens

Cliffs of Letchworth State Park

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Letchworth State Park in Western New York State has been called “the Grand Canyon of the East” and this view shows why.  Over thousands of years the Genesee River has cut a deep gorge through the solid rock making a wide expanse.  This has caused the rock of the area to wear away into these large and crumbly cliffs.  It seems amazing that the river below has done all this.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/50 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/50 sec, 24 mm Lens

Peeking Over the Cliff Edge at Letchworth State Park

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When walking the trails at Letchworth State Park in Western New York State, you can get right up to the edge of the cliffs that lead way down to the Genesee River below.  The river has cut the deep gorge over millennia to make a “Grand Canyon of the East”.  Here the one foot stone wall separates you from oblivion but the view is unobstructed except for the occasional tree hanging on for dear life by its roots.  I liked the patterns of lichen on the stones of the wall.

ISO 320, F/8, 1/125 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 320, F/8, 1/125 sec, 24 mm Lens

 

Glimpses of Autumn in Letchworth State Park

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This was early Fall in Letchworth State Park and we had camped out a few chilly nights in the half empty campgrounds as it was later in the season.  There were a few glimpses of Autumn with maple trees starting to change to red and orange.  This field of yellow weeds looked pretty to me. It was by the high falls of Letchworth State Park and got the mist directly off of the falls.

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/180 sec, 65 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/180 sec, 65 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/4, 1/60 sec, 95 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/4, 1/60 sec, 95 mm Lens

Trailways and Paths of Letchworth State Park, NY

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On the many trails at Letchworth State Park in Western NY, there were beautiful views.  The trails themselves were old and well maintained with a lot of stone walls lining them which is typical of the auto bridges and roads also in Letchworth.  Here the trail has a large tree in the path which was not cut down, which I like.  The pathway has low guarding stone walls on one side so you don’t fall down the cliffs into the gorge.

Other areas have larger stone walls covered with lovely green moss that blend perfectly into the woods.

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/25 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/25 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 320, F/4, 1/20 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 320, F/4, 1/20 sec, 105 mm Lens

Letchworth State Park Nature Building

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Outside of the Nature Center at Letchworth State Park in Western NY State, there were several large outbuildings that are used for gatherings, parties, meetings and in general fun.  The inside was all wood with a very large central fireplace.  It looks like a great place for a large family reunion or party.

F/4.5, ISO 2000, 1/45 sec, 32 mm Lens

F/4.5, ISO 2000, 1/45 sec, 32 mm Lens

New Nature Center in Letchworth State Park, NY

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I was surprised to see a large new building in Letchworth State Park in Western, NY state.  We drove over because they were having a nice Native American Crafts weekend there and found this brand new building.  Inside they had guides, shows and artifacts of the park.  It was beautifully landscaped with new trees and had soaring ceilings and large windows.  Most of the roof areas are covered in solar panels.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 35 mm Lens

F/13, ISO 1600, 1/350 sec, 24 mm Lens

F/13, ISO 1600, 1/350 sec, 24 mm Lens

Trail View at Letchworth Park, NY

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There are many trails at Letchworth Park in Western New York State.  This was a fairly short trail that leads you to the cliff edge looking over the gorge cut by the Genesee River.  You can walk right up to the edge of the sheer cliff and it has a 12″ high stone wall so you don’t fall off.

ISO 320, F/11, 1/250 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 320, F/11, 1/250 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

Letchworth State Park in the Fall

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Here are a few photos of the Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park on a dreary grey day in early Fall.  This railroad bridge is soon to be taken down after being dismantled.  The Genesee River has cut a deep gorge here and throughout Letchworth State Park and is sometimes called “The Grand Canyon of the East”.

ISO 50, F/22, 1/6 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 50, F/22, 1/6 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 24 mm Lens

Here are the Upper Falls above close up:

ISO 400, F/8, 1/350 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/8, 1/350 sec, 105 mm Lens

There was much debate about what the wires were that were hanging down from the bridge as they did not go into the water and didn’t stop logs and debris. Perhaps they were just a warning for boaters on the river above that danger was ahead.

Mural of Niagara Falls in the Hydroelectric Power Station

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So we are in the Robert Moses Niagara (Hydroelectric) Power Plant North of Niagara Falls, NY on the Niagara River.  There is a great and free facility to discover how electricity is made and processed.  You can take a tour of the facility and play with all the hands on exhibits on electricity and watch movies in several locations.  On the wall above is a huge long mural depicting Niagara Falls as it was in pre-colonial times with the Native Americans and frontiersmen interacting.  It looks like a religious moment with a balance of diplomacy and weapons. This was at one time the Western Frontier or the great West until the rest of the country opened up.

The Mural is of Father Hennepin at Niagara Falls.  It is a very large painting on the wall by Thomas Hart Benton. “It is of the first recorded non-native sighting of the Falls that took place in 1678, when a Recollet father by the name of Louis Hennepin stood on the edge and marvelled at what he must have felt was one of God’s natural wonders. He went on to write a book about his travels—Description de la Louisiane—which was widely read in Europe. His name is now on parks, streets and other memorials throughout the Niagara Region.” (From Mural)

Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist that lived from 1889-1975. His works are famous and now in the Smithsonian Museum and many others.

ISO 1250, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 45 mm Lens