Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Following Paul Hadley's Footsteps, Part Une

Depending upon our road trip budget, this may be the first in a series of blog posts following the footsteps of Paul Hadley (1880-1971), a Mooresville artist who designed the Indiana State Flag.  I could do the biography thing, but history is Scowl-Face's department, so read more about Mr. Hadley on our "treasure trove" blog.  You could also check-out several books about Mr. Hadley from our Indiana Roving Reporter Room (see our Evergreen Indiana online catalog for details).

Paul Hadley (left) and Ralph E. Priest at the
John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis
applying gold leaf to Hadley's Indiana State Flag
design (ca. 1923)  Hadley was an instructor,
and Priest a student, at Herron

My Library is fortunate to have many original Paul Hadley paintings on display, as I've shown in a previous blog.

Paul Hadley Painting Gallery at MPL
(January 2012)
(Click Photos to Bigify)

Let's consider one of Mr. Hadley's fine watercolors, shall we?

 Paul Hadley Painting of Cataract Falls
(Mill Creek, Owen County, Indiana)
South of Cloverdale, Indiana

My minions and I took a road trip yesterday to compare today's Cataract Falls to those Mr. Hadley painted nearly a century ago.

Cataract Falls (Lower Falls) (July 4, 2014)

I'm thinking Mr. Hadley painted the lower falls, since the water spilling over the rock face looks similar on the far left and near right.  The rock on the right was exposed in Mr. Hadley's painting; in our photo, you can tell it's beneath the water by the way the stream spills outward over the top of the outcropping.  The general rock shapes in Mr. Hadley's painting also resemble those in our photo of the lower falls.

Or is it the upper falls?  You be the judge.

Yours truly at Cataract Falls (Upper Falls)
(July 4, 2014)

The upper falls don't really resemble Mr. Hadley's painting, but take a peek at the video in my postscript (below).  The video (2002) was recorded when the water level of Mill Creek was lower, and some of the underlying rock face was exposed.  My vote remains with the lower falls, however.

We have a boatload of photos from our adventure at Cataract Falls, but I'd like to include them in my next blog post.  Too many pictures overloads available memory in a computer or pawheld online doodad.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Watch this short video about Cataract Falls, which is also available from this website.

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