Saturday, February 28, 2015

Walter's Falls

Continuing my quest for winter waterfalls, we stopped at Walter's Falls the other day on our way home from Owen Sound.  The falls was frozen solid!  No need for a tripod here to capture the falling water; we could not see any, although we could certainly hear the roar of the water falling behind the frozen curtain.

The entire front face of the waterfall was ice, .  It's quite a tall waterfall, dropping about 40 feet into the valley below, but the configuration of the valley is such that it's impossible to get a front view of the falls without hiking down into the valley below.  And the falls faces north, so it's almost always in shadow.

But you can look right over the edge and see where the water falls, or in this case, to a pool where the water emerges from under the ice before heading downstream.

The ice of the frozen falls looked quite blue in the afternoon light if you photographed it by itself in the shadow.

All of this is easy viewing because the Walter's Falls Inn is right beside the falls, and it has provided a viewing platform right out to the edge of the falls, built on part of the old sawmill's foundation.

In spite of the frozen falls, looking downstream you can see quite a few spots where the water in the creek below is open.  At this point it's tumbling downstream over the boulders quite quickly.  And can you see me taking the picture?

A wider view shows the valley, bordered by cliffs.  We did get down there last fall, but the spray from the falls was so extensive that we could not get close enough for a picture.  That's one of my goals for the coming summer - I may need to wear a raincoat!

Looking in the opposite direction you can see the flume from the small millpond upstream, one of the old mill buildings, and the foundations of the original sawmill, which stood between us and that building.  It burned in 1984, and a more modern facility was built on the edge of the village.  There was originally a sawmill, a woolen mill, and a feedmill.  The woolen mill is gone, but just upstream in the middle of the village is the feedmill, still operating on water power!

I posted about Walter's Falls last fall, and followed that up with a post about the still-operating water-powered feedmill just upstream if you want the seasonal comparison.

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16 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos ! very pretty area to ! Thanks for sharing , have a good evening !

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  2. It's amazing in winter, and quite a contrast to the earlier shots you've taken here!

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  3. Yes, I found you, enough sun to cast a tiny shadow. Beautiful blue tones, when that snow thaws, and the ice melts, there will be water gushing galore.

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  4. Totally unbelievable... I am just blown away by that waterfall. WOW...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. A waterfall that isn't water and doesn't fall. I used to see lots of these when I used to lead winter walks in the Welsh mountains and could never quite believe what I was seeing.

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  6. Yes, I saw your shadow taking the picture, once you pointed it out. Nice shots indeed! :-)

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  7. This is rEally beautiful. That must be high, your shadow's quite little. I've checked the fall post. The falls is beautiful in both seasons.

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  8. Yes, I too can see your tiny shadow.
    Fantastic pictures of the frozen falls. Beautiful.

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  9. Super photos of the relics of the past 'frozen' on this particular day. Blessings.

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  10. This is a really lovely entry!! You are getting some amazing images and it's so nice that they makes the falls so accessible for viewing and pictures!!

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  11. what a beautiful place. It looks quite different in the summer when its not frozen.

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  12. Glorious panoramas of snowy shapes. Especially love the view in the 4th photo.

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  13. Life is certainly different in the wintertime! I do like the photos even if it's too cold for my taste!

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  14. Nice to see some old mills still operational. Amazing that a falls that large is completely frozen.

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