Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Ohiopyle Falls on the Youghiogheny River—for Context

October 16, 2017

While we were visiting at the farm, our friends took us to nearby Ohiopyle State Park, through which flows the Youghiogheny River. The Youghiogheny is very different from “my” Vermilion River, as you can see from these photographs. No slow-moving edges here! The first photograph is taken from one side of the river, the other two from the opposite side. Tomorrow and the next few days you’ll see some rock surfaces I found along the river, which, by the way, is pronounced like yolk-eh-gainy, if I interpret the Wikipedia linguistic notation properly (/jɒkəˈɡni/). The word comes from the Algonquin word meaning “a stream flowing in a contrary direction.”  And, says Wikipedia elsewhere, “Ohiopyle” is derived from the Native American Lenape phrase ahi opihəle, which means “it turns very white,” referring to the frothy waterfalls. This knowledge makes me wonder about the origin of my state’s name, but I think I’ll save that rabbit hole for later.



10 responses

  1. Beautiful photos of the Youghiogheny!


    October 16, 2017 at 7:22 AM

  2. That must have been loud! It’s a nice group of photos, showing the river from different angles, and I think the inclusion of the people is nice, too. But maybe there was no choice in that! 😉


    October 20, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. No, there was no choice of a photo from that side without people. They weren’t supposed to be there, however. There are all kinds of signs saying not to jump the fence and go down there. I’d have joined them had I been more brave (and disobedient).


      October 20, 2017 at 4:56 PM

  3. I saw these strange words and was surprised that these place names were in Pennsylvania. They sounded like coming from a more exotic location. I like the overview particularly in that first shot.


    October 23, 2017 at 3:22 AM

    • Thank you, Andy. Many rivers and place names in the states are of native American origin. I think we take them for granted and don’t think about that often enough.


      October 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM

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