This is another example I could throw into my Do You Know Your Back Yard post. Being only three and a half miles from the Kissing Bridge Ski Resort, hundreds of people pass by it daily in winter. But how many actually know about it? From my experience, not many at all.
This beautiful small waterfall on West Branch Cazenovia Creek is right in the center of the Village of Colden. However, you cannot see it driving on Route 240 south. And that is the road so many people take, especially in winter, since it takes them to the Kissing Bridge Ski Resort. Driving south, the waterfall is on your left as you pass the center of Colden.
You can get a quick and easy view of the waterfall if you make a left on Heath Road and look to your right from the bridge over the Cazenovia Creek.
In winter, this is a popular area for skiers, in summer, there are lots of bicyclists. The area offers some outstanding biking opportunities with varied levels of difficulty based on your route choice. It is possible to go almost around the hills and encounter a moderate level of climb, or if you dare you can cut right across and get quite a workout!
One thing I enjoyed at this location was the variety of angles one can get. Some waterfalls look great head on, some from the left, some from the right, some are in narrow gorges where different angles are very limited. This waterfall seems to look great from all angles and the creek is wide enough here to provide shooting flexibility.
The creek above the waterfall is wide with several small water drops that offer a nice variety of photographs too, whether wide angles or close ups. In the opening panorama here I zoomed in and took several images I stitched later to show one row of these drops.
In Western New York, it is not just the water and waterfalls that offer nice views and opportunity for photographs. I also like the layers of shale rock the creeks flow over. Different textures, patterns, and colors also offer nice opportunities to explore and photograph. Some creeks are dried up in the fall but the dry creek beds still look great with the autumn foliage lining the rocky sides.
Have fun waterfalling!
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