Friday, May 09, 2008

Weekly Theme: Our Choice

I chose
Burney Falls which are about an hour drive
north of where I live. It is a lovely place to go
with lots of photo opportunities.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton.

The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls.

The park's landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir.

Within the park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day.

Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 1800s. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They bought the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s.


PowersTwinB said...

How beautiful!! I live about 4 hours from Niagra Falls, in Canada...even though I am in Michigan, I regularly visit the falls, there is no one in the world that would not believe in God if they saw these falls! How far away are you in California from Palm Springs? My twin lives there 8 months of the year...I would love to visit these falls! Thank you so much for visiting my photo hunt today..I so appreciated your visit

Carin said...

Wow very nice falls! Great entry.

Lifecruiser said...

How beautiful! So much power and yet so peaceful. I just love waterfalls...

Thanks for the info about it too, I find it very interesting to read up a bit about places, so this was great!

Deb @ Sugarfused said...

Looks like an absolutely gorgeous place! I can almost hear the rush of the water :)

Happy weekend!

pat said...

Oh what beautiful Falls!

Happy Weekend.

Anonymous said...

I could stand and watch water all day long! Those are beautiful pictures.

I'm sadly ignorant of the US. Do I gather from an earlier comment that you are in California?

Many thanks for visiting mine earlier. :)

storyteller said...

These are lovely photos of a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing them and the accompanying information. Mine’s at Small Reflections today.
Hugs and blessings,

-TNChick- said...

Wow, that's nice. I used to live in SOuthern Cali - I wonder how far North you are? I want to go back out there some day to visit... and would love to see falls!!

JM said...

wow! that's a fantastic place and shots.

thanks for sharing!

Starz in De Sky said...

so beautiful. so natural. i like waterfalls.

great day