Elk River Falls

April 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I left after work Friday on a day of cold rain for a short weekend trip to explore and photograph a few places in Kansas. The trip began by finding my way to the town of Elk Falls, sometimes known as the "World's Largest Living Ghost Town". This waterfall / spillway is on the Elk River, on the edge of town. The river was swollen after the day's rain and that of a wet spring so far.

 

Elk Falls, KansasElk Falls - Image 1

 

I noticed a white splotch in the trees to the left of the waterfall behind the rock wall. When I moved to the other side of the river I saw a pair of Muscovy ducks. These black and white ducks have red faces that often look like they're covered with barnacles, called carnucles.  They did not seem bothered by me but I didn't get too close. These ducks are also interesting in that they will perch and roost in trees.

I spent a couple of hours photographing this area and by that time it was getting dark and I needed to leave. I plan to return since there are many other things to photograph here like the great old iron bridge right below the spillway that is a wonderful pedestrian bridge as well as the town of Elk Falls with its interesting buildings, and of course, the Annual Outhouse Tour.

I had an early day planned for tomorrow, heading to Otto's Mill Dam.


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