Under the Falls
February 18, 2003
This panorama was assembled from photos taken from behind the 180+ foot high (55+ meter) Kaaterskill Falls in the eastern Catskills of New York state. The falls are held up by a thick, strong, nearly horizontal layer of Devonian sandstone underlain by weaker shales. The shales of the plunge pool have been eroded back under the sandstone creating a vast roofed amphitheater with a stunning view out into the steep valley to the west. Kaaterskill Falls and the surrounding area were favorite subjects of the Hudson River School of painters in the mid-19th century. For more photos, some of the old paintings, and a video clip visit the links below.