THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS
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Sometimes the most photogenic locations are really close to home. With a population of nearly 150,000 people, Paterson is New Jersey's 3rd largest city. And right smack dab in the middle of Paterson are the Great Falls - a 77 foot high, 260 foot wide waterfall in the Passaic river.
The Falls were formed approximately 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. As the glaciers receded from present-day New Jersey, the Passaic River swelled and carved these spectacular falls through the underlying basalt rock. Up to two billion gallons of water flows daily through the Falls.
These photos were done on a cold January afternoon when it was about 20 degrees and the wind was whipping. Needless to say it was freezin' out. But the weather also made for some dramatic photos.