Tor­rents of awe

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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.

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