Letchworth State Park

Last Saturday we went to Letchworth State Park with my Uncle and cousins and other Aunt & Uncle. Since it was lunchtime when we arrived, we stopped at the Wolf Creek area of the park to eat a picnic lunch on a table made of stone, like this one:

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It was a beautiful day, with no rain in this area all afternoon. This was one of the views from our picnic table, and we heard the creek running as we ate:

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Afterwards, we headed down to the south end of the park to view the Portage Bridge from near the top:

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And then we headed down to the parking lot between the upper and middle falls. Here’s the upper falls and the Portage Bridge from below:

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It’s fun to be here when a train goes over the bridge!

We then walked down to see the middle falls, and I spied this interesting bedrock along the way:

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And we saw a rainbow as we got nearer to the middle falls:

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And here’s the middle falls:

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The Joe Pye Weed and Black Eyed Susan, along with other wildflowers, love living with the mist of the waterfalls:

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This is the Glen Iris Inn where my parents used to stay every fall. It made my Mom very sad to be at the park, but she was trying to be good:

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There were huge hydrangea blossoms around the inn:

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And of course, big old trees, like this Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) which was planted by NYS Governor DeWitt Clinton’s son here:

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I love the Kentucky Coffee Tree’s leaves, which are bipinnately compound. This photo shows only ONE leaf of the tree:

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The next photo also shows only ONE leaf:

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Of course, we took tons of family photos since we hardly ever get together unless somebody dies. This was a rare occasion, and we all enjoyed it immensely! And from my photos, I created a new blog banner – finally!!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jayne
    Aug 17, 2008 @ 09:08:49

    What a gorgeous place Pam. The photos of the rainbow were so beautiful, and I love the new banner!

    Reply

  2. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Aug 17, 2008 @ 09:56:25

    Love the new banner and the pictures of the falls are breathtaking

    Reply

  3. Mary
    Aug 18, 2008 @ 15:13:23

    Pam, gorgeous. The rainbow, waterfalls, all breathtaking. I would love to be there!

    Reply

  4. Carolyn Hoffman
    Aug 19, 2008 @ 15:47:12

    Thanks for the photos of Letchworth SP. It was my grandmother’s favorite place. i’ve been there several times–twice with her–but haven’t been at all for many years. Seeing your photos took me back there again.

    Carolyn H.

    Reply

  5. Jean
    Sep 06, 2008 @ 13:13:25

    Pam,
    Love all of the photos I’ve been searching for a great photo of the upper falls, and you have it!
    Would you be interested in selling a copy?
    It takes me back to a very romantic afternoon I spent there šŸ™‚

    Reply

  6. Shannon
    Sep 07, 2008 @ 13:45:12

    Pam,
    This is truly an amazing place I grew up not far from there and every summer was spent there. I miss NY and your pictures brought great memories back for me.
    Thank You

    Reply

  7. Pam
    Oct 26, 2008 @ 11:47:26

    Jean – Sure! I sent an email to you awhile ago, but maybe it went to your spam folder. Please let me know what size you would like!

    Reply

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