Torrents of awe
With the trees bare of leaves and snowmelt running off the hills in floods, waterfalls can be seen at their spectacular best in winter. As snow and ice thaw from the highest peaks, streams swell and waterfalls overflow. What might appear as a trickle in other seasons is transformed into a foaming cascade. Water can fall with such power that it creates its own breeze, gently wafting any branches hanging over the gorge and sprinkling a cool haze of moisture nearby. The sound can be tremendous. Though it may at first appear to be a consistent roar, the timbre of falling water varies greatly, and time spent quietly listening reveals a variety of ever-changing pitches. During a long, hard winter, the falls can be frozen into silence. The sheets of ice, paused midflow, are a captivating sight.