Chautauqua Gorge is layer upon layer of sedimentary rock that has been carved by the Chautauqua Creek. The density of brown lines on a topo gives you an idea of how steep the walls are in some spots.
The gorge is always changing. Fishing holes move. Erosion changes the shape of walls. Trees tumble into the creek to form a bridge, then disappear by next season. The gorge is a dynamic demonstration of the phrase, “You can never step in the same river twice.”
The other day after refreshing with food, fire, and conversation, I braved rushing water and slippery rocks for some closeup shots of ice.
Here are a few:
Look at this one, like a little crystal bell:
And one more…
That’s all for today. Nothing deeply profound. Nothing particularly educational. Just Fire and Ice.
Happy New Year!