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Photographing New York State Waterfalls

Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, New York

Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, New York. Photograph by Carol Betsch.

Fearing that the galloping growth of American cities and industry would consume unique natural scenery, landscape architect Warren H. Manning (1860–1938) persuaded his wealthy clients Robert H. and Laura Treman of Ithaca, New York, to conserve a number of waterfalls and gorges for future generations. In a short time, these scenic destinations became the core of the Finger Lakes State Park system: Enfield Falls Reservation (now Robert H. Treman State Park), Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, Fillmore Glen, Keuka Lake, and Watkins Glen.

Photographer Carol Betsch recently captured images of this dramatic scenery for the forthcoming book about Manning, thanks to a grant from the International Music and Art Foundation. Most recently, LALH benefactors Carolyn Marsh Lindsay and Ann and Clayton Wilhite made generous gifts to support this project.

 Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, New York

Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, New York. Photograph by Carol Betsch.

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