~WINTERGREEN GORGE~


And Four Mile Creek

There was an article in the paper about the new bridge over Wintergreen Gorge, and how it was built with a minimum of disturbance to the environment of the gorge. I decided to take a look for myself.
Considering the span of the bridge the relative foot print is surprisingly small. The only drawback I noticed was the noise from overhead traffic. However, a hundred yards or so up stream the noise is indiscernable.
It was another beautiful day for a walk along Four Mile Creek into the gorge.
Come! Take a look at Wintergreen Gorge through the eye of my camera.





The forest of the gorge is beautiful this time of year. It provides shelter for a wide variety of bird, reptile and mammal.

Looking up from the creek bed

Looking down from the gorge wall


The predominant rock in the gorge is layered shale as seen in these four photos. Glacial rock is also present in the gorge. Some of it left there as recently as 12,000 years ago.


A father and his sons are hikers/waders in the gorge. On the right is where I had to leave the creek bed to circumvent the fallen trees. The rocks were just too slippery and the water too deep.


I had to circumnavigate many fallen trees along the bed of the creek.

Another fallen tree

Four Mile Creek from the gorge wall


Much of the time I was walking on slippery shale like this. Why these rocks are standing on end in the creek is a mystery to me.


This column of rock is harder than the surrounding shale. One day there will be a tunnel there. I encountered many people while in the gorge. This family was taking advantage of the cool water.


On the left are what we called skimmers as youngsters. I have no idea what their real name is. There are four pictured here. It appears there are eight, but they are reflected off the surface of the water. Only their feet make contact with the water. On the right is a toad I saw sunning itself on this rock.


Mr. Toad again. This is the largest waterfall I saw on my walk. At best it's about five feet high, but it does have a charm about it.


Closer looks at the undercut of the falls


A couple of vertical shots from above showing the layers of shale.


This falls is probably quite a show after a heavy rain. The dark grey rocks are shale. The lighter, rounded are rocks deposited here by the creek.


Looking up from the creek bed through the trees. Here are more of those vines clinging to a tree. The vines can't get enough sun on their own so they climb a tree to catch some rays.

Another vine

And some wild grapes

A closeup of the grapes

F;owers a;ong the creek

A butterfly takes some nectar

Little yellow flowers on a small vine

A flowering thistle

Queen Anne's Lace

Dog walkers

And children walkers
Unlike Asbury Woods Wintergreen Gorge has no formal paths and trails to follow. The paths here have been worn by countless walkers over the years.
I'm wondering how this looks in winter? I have seen the gorge in spring and summer and it's beautiful colors of autumn, but I've not seen in it winter. Yet!
I'm considering braving the frozen tundra to have a look this winter.


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