The Great Falls of Paterson is one of the hidden jewels of New Jersey. From the late 19th century into the mid 20th century these fall provided hydro electric power for industry in Paterson including silk mills and a railroad locomotive factory. Now they are among the most scenic falls in the United States and little known to people outside northern New Jersey. They have recently been made a National Park and the grounds are being prepared to show off the beauty of the Falls.
I have been photographing the Falls for years in all seasons and in all weather. These photos were taken this spring one early April morning when I was entranced by the rainbows reflecting in the mist of the falls.
From California to the New York islands,
from the Redwood forests to the Gulf Coast waters (with homage to Woody Guthrie)
they came to New York City.
More than 300,000 people
ages 6 months to 80+ years,
man and woman,
immigrant and indigenous,
student and worker,
labor and industry,
scientist and musician,
Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Jew,
a rainbow of humanity;
paraded, danced, sang, shouted and made their voices heard;
world leaders, protect the planet,
adopt earth friendly energy policies.
On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not deny the same benefits to married same sex couples in states that allow same sex couples to marry that it granted to heterosexual married couples. And, there are currently 13 states that allow same sex marriage. There were celebrations in the LGBT community across the nation. These photos were taken at a rally and celebration at the Stonewall Inn in New York City where on June 28, 1969 the modern gay rights movement started when cross dressers and gay people refused to be arrested by the NYPD during a raid on the Stonewall Inn, and protested (some say rioted) outside the Inn for several nights.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has an entire gallery devoted to Monet’s murals of Water Lilies. Whenever I visit the museum I spend some time in the gallery which I find contemplative and peaceful and calming, even on a crowded day like January 2, the last day of the New Year holiday. This woman also found the peace to contemplate Monet’s great work.
Hurricane Irene, or tropical storm Irene by the time it reached New Jersey, caused rivers to rise to record heights above flood stage and caused major damage. The Passaic River which feeds the Great Falls in the center of Paterson NJ crested at almost 14 feet above flood stage.
Historically the Great Falls provided power for the silk mills of Paterson and the locomotive works located nearby.
These photos were taken two days after the river crested.