Flooding at the Falls

Last night marked the start of Indiana’s unofficial religion: the high school boys’ basketball post-season. As luck would have it, I drew an assignment to cover a game for the sister publications of the Reporter-Times and the Mooresville-Decatur Times which took me toward west-central Indiana.

As I looked at Google Maps, I realized the school I was traveling to was close to the two waterfalls commonly known as Cataract Falls. Between the upper and lower falls, the water level of Mill Creek drops 86 feet making Cataract Falls the state’s largest waterfall.

After a decent rain upstream, the falls produces very photogenic scenes with the water cascading over the southern Indiana limestone and rock formations. However, this past week has seen an indecent amount of rain throughout central Indiana.

The Lower Falls

My first stop was to the back parking area of the recreation area to see how things looked at the lower falls. If I hadn’t been there before, I would have not known there were any falls underneath the rolling, tumultuous water that looked more acclimated to whitewater rafting or extreme kayaking. There was just muddy water churning over the rocks and debris which lay beneath the water’s surface. All of the low-lying lands were also underwater.

I walked among the larger rocks along the water’s edge looking for images but came up empty given the short amount of time I had.

The Road Back

As a photographer, sometimes I don’t find the image; the image finds me. Such was the case on the drive back to the upper falls. There is a short stretch of the road where the asphalt curves back upon itself among the rolling hills. That is where the following image revealed itself to me.

The winding road...in color.
The winding road…in color.

Once I started editing the image, I noticed it also looked amazing in greyscale.

The winding road...sans color.
The winding road…sans color.

I still cannot decide which version I like best. Leave me a comment and let me know which version you prefer.

The Upper Falls

Back at the upper falls, I was captivated by the sheer power and strength of the creek roaring over the falls with such thunderous noise that I had a hard time believing my ears. Yet amongst all of the destructive power, there was still one small segment of the falls which revealed the traditional beauty of this location.

One capture of a "mini fall" as the water flows downstream.
One capture of a “mini fall” as the water flows downstream.

 

Another view of the "mini fall" as the water flows downstream.
Another view of the “mini fall” as the water flows downstream.

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