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Waterfalls To Gush Over In Connecticut

By ALAINE GRIFFIN | The Hartford CourantWith two young family members by her side, Leanna Iamunno walked along Indian Well Road in Shelton on a recent sunny June day in search of one of Connecticut's treasures. West of the roadway, Iamunno found what she was looking for after a short trek into the woods. "I've always heard so much about this," Iamunno, of Ansonia, said while staring at a slender waterfall about 15 feet high gushing over moss-covered rocks. "I knew it would be a beautiful sight. It's a must-see in this part of Connecticut, definitely a must-see." Though they lack the tall, dramatic plunges of falls in other parts of the country, Connecticut's waterfalls are sought-after natural resources found at state parks and along hiking trails across the state. Some flow year-round while others, fed by melting snow from higher elevations, are more visible in the spring. The number of waterfalls here varies depending on the source of the research. The guide, "New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades and Waterfalls" lists more than 100 waterfalls in all eight Connecticut counties. Landscape photographer Justin Coleman has photographed about half of them. Some of his prints are on display this month in the exhibit," Waterfalls of Connecticut," at the Noah Webster Library Gallery in West Hartford. "Each one is particularly unique and they all deserve attention without comparison," Coleman, 32, of Wolcott, said. Even so, Coleman, author of the photography blog, "From the Field," notes four waterfalls that should not be missed. Click through the gallery to see Coleman's four suggestion -- and more photos of waterfalls around the state.

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