Lucifer Falls on an Autumn Evening

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Lucifer Falls from Rim Trail Overlook
The full sweep of Lucifer Falls on an autumn evening, the sun hidden behind the gorge walls. Here the Gorge Trail emerges from the shelter of the gorge, emerging into a dizzying view.

A reader’s comment to this blog, thank you “Urban Liaisons” prompted me to explore the word, Lucifer. “Lucifer”, in Christian tradition, refers to the devil as it was in a time of glory before the fall from grace. The original, ancient meaning of Lucifer is the planet Venus as it rises just before the sun at dawn.  In this sense, the name refers to the bright beauty of the spot.  The effect is heightened at midday when the hiker passes from the relative gloom of Devils Kitchen to the full light and sweep of the waterfall chasm.

Standing next to the falls on the Gorge Trail, the stone wall of the Rim Trail Overlook is overpowered by the grandeur of the 300+ foot cliff. The falls photographs were taken from behind the wall.

Lucifer Falls Overlook from the Gorge Trail
The cliff topped by the Rim Trail Overlook wall.

Occasionally, we have experienced individuals climbing over the wall to stand on the other side. “Why?”

Summertime thick stands of tiger lilies flourish on the cliff face. Can you find the withered leaves?

Lucifer Falls from Rim Trail Overlook
The Rim Trail includes this overlook of Lucifer Falls with, upstream, the Devil’s Kitchen waterfall, the walway of the Gorge Trail in between.

This session I finally “cracked” the puzzle of the Devil’s Kitchen Waterfall. I posted the results to the online gallery yesterday, for your enjoyment. Click the link to go there.

Click link for my fine art print “Devils Kitchen.”

Copyright 2017 Michael Stephen Wills All Rights Reserved

22 thoughts on “Lucifer Falls on an Autumn Evening

    1. The stone wall is a lighter color because the previous wall was destroyed by rock fall….the new stone is from a replacement in 2016. It is difficult to bring the new rock in…they needed to construct a trolley from the opposite cliff. Good to hear from you Rebel Girl.

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    1. Thank you for the observation, on your prompting I looked up “Lucifer” and it seems this is the name, in Christian tradition, referring to the devil as it was in a time of glory before the fall from grace. The ancient meaning of Lucifer is the planet Venus as it rises just before the sun at dawn. In this sense, the name refers to the bright beauty of the spot.

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  1. Now your area is beginning to look fall-ish.

    Most people are surprised to learn the Latin etymology of the name Lucifer, which is actually a description (as are most names). The first element means ‘light’ (compare lux, lucid, translucent) and the the second means ‘to bring, to carry, to bear’ (compare refer, defer, infer.) That etymology makes Lucifer ‘the bringer of light.’

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