The picture below was our first picture of Taughannock
Falls taken in August 2001. Subsequent photos show the
continual process that is forming the Taughannock Creek
canyon. The soft shales
and the numerous fractures make the gully building process
easy work. Click each of the cameras to see the process
We estimate that the dimension of the missing
rock is approximately 10 x 15 feet by 5 feet thick (3
x 4.5 x 1.5 m).
This photo was taken several days after a tragic accident which killed one and injured three members of a family. We had taken
photos a week earlier that showed
children playing at the exact spot where the fatal rockfall occurred. The mass of rock in the
upper right corner of the alcove in earlier photos is the probable cause.
November 9, 2002
November 16, 2002
August 27, 2005
The inset below is the same scale to give you
an idea of the size of the rockfall.