FIRE IN A CREEK: A western New York wonder of nature!
|All photos by Jonathan Schechter|
Thanksgiving Day 2011
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These images are meant as a photo supplement to my hiking column that appears in the
December 4th edition of The Oakland Press (www.theoaklandpress.com); a hiking adventure to
a secluded creek in western New York State that has a hidden waterfall with a grotto housing a
fire breathing dragon. This natural phenomena of gas seepage is the result of decomposition of organic matter from the Devonian Period, a time when great warm seas covered the land. The
gas now seeps between layers of shale and burns behind the current of water. The site is in the
southwest corner of Chestnut Ridge Park in Erie County, New York and is accessible by a
slippery hike through a mature hemlock-maple forest and then up Shale Creek.
Sitting by the water and flame is a pure primordial moment!