Emerald Staircase

Emerald Staircase

Once again, I find myself knee deep in rushing water. The current is very strong here where the crystal clear Travertine Creek feeds into the tan colored silt laden Rock Creek. Such a strange dichotomy between the two streams. The former is a 'mineral spring' fed creek, while the latter is fed from local runoff and freshwater springs beginning 10 miles north of the park.

I found this small, delicate cascading stair-step falls to be charming. Overcast skies from brooding thunderstorms and the surrounding tree cover contributed much to the mood. This was made yesterday during late afternoon. If one waits until the 'golden hour', the area becomes quite dark and exposures are then too long to properly showcase the falls. A month from now, this falls will be just a trickle.