One day I had the opportunity to visit Ohiopyle State Park.
|The eponymous Ohiopyle Falls.|
|Ohiopyle Falls, looking from the West bank.|
|Looking downriver from the East bank of the Falls.|
|Crayfish washed up at the edge|
|Ephemeral pool, ~3-4 feet across, ~1-2 inches deep|
|You can't see him, but he's there. The floating shed skin at the left end of the pool is a clue.|
|Dusky dancer (Argia translata) male, at the edge of Ohiopyle Falls.|
|Cucumber Falls from above.|
|Cucumber Falls from downchannel.|
Walking up to Cucumber Falls puts me back in the rainforests of O'ahu. Albeit, the rocks are sandstone and shale, not basalt, but the feeling of overgrown lushness is the same. The ice cold stream drops off a natural overhang into a crystal clear pool with a school of black lined dace. And from there it disappears underground to reappear several hundred feet away, nearly at the Yough, seen through the trees at a distance. How many years have these dace been locked in, diverging under the selection of this small pool from their parents, either upstream or down?
|Blacknosed dace (Rhinichthys obtusus?) in the splash pool at the base of Cucumber Falls.|
|An ebony jewelwing male, doing what it does best: glistening in the sunlight.|
Acknowledgement: Much thanks to Stephanie Sanner-Fallon of Powdermill Nature Reserve for being my "tour guide" to the beauties of southwest Pennsylvania, especially Ohiopyle State Park.