Tuscarora Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in all of Ricketts Glen State Park. Just a week before this shot was taken, this waterfall was totally frozen over, with no visible flowing water to be seen. With winter quickly coming to end, the waterfall is becoming recognizable again.
On this trip, the beauty of the rugged landscape that surrounds the falls was quite obvious. When all of the lush foliage is present, it is nearly impossible to see the steep terrain that surrounds this unique landmark. One of the advantages of visiting here in late winter is the ability to view the underlying topography, without thick green growth hiding the land below.
Very soon, all of these bare trees will be sporting their bright green leaves and the ground will be carpeted with mosses and ferns. As lovely as that will be, this particular view of Tuscarora Falls will no longer be available. A photo from this spot will be a picture of emerald hued foliage… with only a hint of a waterfall beyond. I grabbed this more inclusive shot while I still could.
Tuscarora Falls is the second waterfall above the Waters Meet point, along Ganoga Glen trail in Ricketts Glen State Park.
Ricketts Glen is located at the junction of RT-118 and RT 487 in Fairmount Township, Pennsylvania, USA. The nearest town is Red Rock, PA, about half way between the cities of Williamsport and Wilkes Barre.
This photo was taken on March 2nd, 2011 on a winter hike through Ricketts Glen with Kevin Hart. It was shot handheld with a Canon EOS 10D DSLR camera, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 17mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/125th sec at f/4, ISO 400.
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