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Waterfall Wednesday: Cavern Cascade

Have you seen how beautiful the trees are getting now?  Yesterday I ended up taking a drive and taking lots of pictures of the beautiful leaves and a few pictures of the waterfalls nearby.  Here’s one of my favorite pictures of the day.   

I just love the golds and reds of the trees and how the ground is covered with leaves.  Have you ever noticed how the pattern of colors on each leaf is unique, kind of like how snowflakes are all unique?  Nature is so fascinating.

Photo of autumn leaves on tree and ground on Elmira city street by Laura Jaen Smith
Photo of Cavern Cascade Watkins Glen State Park NY by Laura Jaen Smith.

Today’s waterfall is Cavern Cascade.  Cavern Cascade is one of the many waterfalls that is part of Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, New York (I shared about Triple Cascade earlier in the series, you can reread it here).  

The entire park is 778 acres and has hiking trails, camping, and picnic spots.  The Gorge Trail is a mile and a half long trail (each way) that features 19 waterfalls of difference sizes. 

Cavern Cascade is a 50 foot plunge waterfall.  One of the most fun parts about this particular waterfall is that it is one of two waterfalls in this park that you can walk right behind. 

Photo of behind Cavern Cascade Watkins Glen State Park NY by Laura Jaen Smith.

The day that I visited the gorge it was raining and the water was flowing.  Above is a video clip that I took while I was there.  It’s been a great year to visit waterfalls with all the rain we’ve been getting.  Even yesterday (in November) the waterfalls were flowing strong.  

Painting Cavern Cascade

Cavern Cascade by Laura Jaen Smith. Acrylic landscape painting of Watkins Glen State Park waterfall from 50 NY Waterfalls Project.

Getting a good reference photo of this waterfall was challenging.  Every shot I took seemed to end up having people in it.  While painting the piece I was able to combine a couple different photos in order to complete the scene.  This painting was fun to play with the light coming over from above and portray being able to look through the falls. 

Cavern Cascade is part of several waterfalls that I painted for the 2018 Summer Mosaic project this year.  The paintings are available as a collection in my shop.  I like the idea of displaying them in a star pattern, perhaps with a photo of you and your family from your most recent hike to the gorge in the center.

Watkins Glen State Park Collection by Laura Jaen Smith. Six square acrylic paintings of waterfalls from gorge - Sentry Cascade, Minnehaha Falls, Cavern Cascade, Pluto Falls, Central Cascade, Rainbow Falls.

Have you visited Watkins Glen State Park before?  I’d love to know more about it.

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