Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Near the Bridge of Flowers
On the other side of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, one can find another wondrous site: the glacial potholes. They are circular recesses in rocks beneath the falls. Over time, rocks have burrowed holes into the larger rocks ranging from 6 inches to 39 feet in diameter. In many case, one can still see the loose rocks hidden deeply in those recesses. Click on the photos to see some of the wonderful detail and color in the rocks. You can read about them here.
The water is not dirty or spoiled there. It had been raining a lot lately and mud is being carried over the falls just as it has been for centuries. There is a hydroelectric plant at the falls that can be seen in the photo.
For a few block around the bridge and the falls, there are quaint shops and restaurants. It is a good example of New England mill town that has been able to stay alive when so many towns lie in disrepair and disintegration while big box stores and strip mall abound a few miles away. It is a sad thing to see these once vibrant towns looking like ghost towns. One can imagine the thriving towns of one hundred years ago and how nice they once were. I am so thankful for towns that have been preserved and the hard working historical societies that keep New England's past alive and beautiful. We look forward to returning to this area some time soon and exploring a little more.
For now, daily duties around here are calling so there will be no waterfalls today.
Enjoy your day!