Upper Falls at Ball’s Falls: August 2020

About three weeks ago, I prepared a post which featured photos of the restored 19th-century village and of the spectacular lower falls.

The lower falls is in the shape of a horseshoe and at most times of the year has very little water flowing over it.

Yesterday I revisited the area and hiked up the majestic Twenty Mile Creek to see the upper falls. It is in the shape of a “curtain” and also had very little water flowing over it on this August day.

remains of 5 story 19th-century wool mill

Each time I visit the Niagara area I find a few plants which I am unfamiliar with. There were two species today.

The delightfully named Lizard’s-tail:

Lizard’s-tail (Saururus cernuus)
Lizard’s-tail (Saururus cernuus)

and Sanicle Snakeroot:

Sanicle Snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Other botany:

Round-leaved Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Black Maple (Acer nigrum)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Green Foxtail (Setaria viridis)
Clearweed (Pilea pumila)
Clearweed (Pilea pumila)
Lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)
Stickseed (Hackelia deflexa)
False Solomon Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea pachypoda)

Some birds:

American Goldfinch (female)
House Sparrow (female)

Some photos taken in a nearby winery:

Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
White Cabbage Butterfly
Asian Beetle
Trumpet-creeper (Campsis radicans)
Trumpet-creeper (Campsis radicans)


All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again.  

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Upper Falls at Ball’s Falls: August 2020

  1. Pina

    Thank you for this. I love Balls Falls.
    And I finally got the name of a flower I’ve been growing for the past 2 years.
    ( I got it from a cutting a neighbour gave me. The trumpet creeper. )



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