We were looking for a “safari” destination when Beau found Falling Creek on the web. It talked about white water kayaking during high water levels and a waterfall, right here in Florida!
So off we went to Columbia County, just north of Lake City. We were disappointed with the creek because the water was barely flowing. But the find of the old church made the trip worthwhile.
The church sits on a little rise and evokes the greatest sense of peace and tranquility you could imagine. The small cemetery at the rear of the church told many sad tales. I chose to photograph one that tells of the loss of a young son. You can see by the dates on the headstone just how short his life was. You have to wonder what brought about his death. Maybe a rattlesnake bite, or an illness brought through by a traveler, or just a simple cold that became too complicated for Mothers’ home remedies.
We called the Columbia County Parks office and asked someone to let us know when the water levels rose to the height needed to make the falls live up to their name. I was really surprised when they called but we headed on out and it was worth the trip. I could hear the water long before it came into sight. It was not a raging river, but it was enough for me to take some shots to practice “blurring” water.
So, enjoy the photos, and maybe take a moment to think about a family dealing with the hardships of the time, to include losing a young son, and be grateful for the amenities we have today.