Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Waterfall Fantasy

I've always been fascinated by waterfalls. I like to look at pictures of waterfalls, and I like to use them as my computer's desktop background. There's just something about all of that rushing water that gives me a good feeling. I really don't know what it is. I guess maybe it's because a waterfall is such a huge part of nature.

The only problem is that I don't think I've ever seen a real waterfall. I've seen photos and video of them, but never a real up close waterfall. Here in Michigan we have one of the largest fresh water supplies on earth. And the Detroit River, where I'm closest to, is one of the largest rivers in the world. But the land around me is mostly flat, so that means maybe no waterfalls.

With all of this water around me, I figured there must be some waterfalls somewhere in Michigan. I live just outside of the city, so I haven't seen that many places where a waterfall can exist. Recently I decided to start searching for waterfalls that might be near me. I really haven't had much luck, but now by accident, maybe I finally found one.

I was on one of my typical hiking journeys, just being The Everyday Adventurer, when I walked over a bridge and heard the sound of rushing water. Up until then I've never heard that sound, even with all of the water photos I have on this site. Of course I had to investigate.

The sound was coming from a place that was pretty far off the trail. It was a place that was hidden by a steep slope, so I never went in that direction before. This time I climbed down the slope and headed straight for the sound. I had to pick my way through some pretty dense forest. It wasn't very easy to make it through, but as you can see by the pictures I have here, I found what I was looking for.

But wait a minute, is it really a waterfall? Maybe. Maybe not. If you look closely, you might be able to understand the actual size of my waterfall. If I was an ant, this would be a mighty waterfall, but a person could almost stomp this one out of existence.

Actually, it's probably about three feet high. I'm not sure if that would count as a real waterfall. This is in a creek that I followed. Maybe someday it will form into an undisputed huge waterfall, but for now it's probably just a noisy section of a hidden creek in the middle of the forest.

Now that I'm really looking for things like waterfalls, I'm sure I'll find a real waterfall one of these times. Until then I think I found something that's kind of close. What do you think? Does this count as a real waterfall, or is it just my own waterfall fantasy?

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  1. It's a waterfall. It might be small but it has all the makings :)

    Come visit if you want waterfalls - there's too many to list around here. And there's one that would be a couple days adventure to hike to but would be well worth seeing.

  2. It's water and it's falling, I'd say it's a waterfall.

    I really like to sit by waterfalls, the rushing water is very soothing.

    - Evan

  3. That waterfall made me feel like a giant, WiseAcre. I might have to do that some time. All those waterfalls would be fun. :)

    I think the rushing water is what I like too, Evan. It was that sound that drew me to it.

  4. I've seen a couple and they really for me are inspiring. Great photos.

  5. Thanks Jodapoet. :)

    I think I'm going to have to increase my search for a real life big waterfall here in Michigan. This little one was fun though.