Orchard Park, NY
Falls Through A Tree
Photograph - High Resoloution Photography
This cascade was quite unusual as it actually flows through a split in a fallen tree. Anther fine example of how nature takes cre of itself and makes everything beautiful. The Autumn leaves accented the black shale and light reflections. The moving water provides us with a peaceful feeling. Here's some more information on the Eternal Flame that is at the end of this trail.
The so-called “eternal flame falls” is a waterfalls of Shale Creek in the southeast corner of Chestnut Ridge Park in an area known as the Shale Creek Preserve. A grotto on the right side of the falls (as you are facing it) has several fissures through which methane gas escapes.
There are lots of fissures in the creek bed through which methane gas escapes, and you’ll smell it as you approach the falls, but the others can’t be set aflame because they are exposed to dissipation by the air currents or are under water (look for rising bubbles.)
Contrary to its name, however, the Eternal Flame it is not always on flame but the escaping gas can usually be lighted with a barbeque lighter, so bring one with you in case the flame has gone out when you get there.
November 11th, 2012
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