Murray Reynolds Falls is is the first waterfall a visitor will encounter from the bottom of the main Falls Trail, in Ricketts Glen State Park. I usually carry only one lens on long hikes these days. However, this time, I decided to take my 100mm prime lens along, since I knew I wanted to capture a closer view of the extremely interesting “monolithic” pillar in the center of Murray Reynolds falls. I was very happy that I had decided to pack my longer lens for this trip, especially when I saw how beautifully the details were revealed by the lower summer season water levels.

Over eons of time, the waters of Kitchen Creek have carved two deep spillways in the sedimentary rock at Murray Reynolds falls, leaving this incredible pillar standing between the pair of active water chutes. The diminished summer flow allows us to get a rare look at the usually hidden details of natures amazing stone sculpture.

This photo was taken in the evening, during the summer solstice of 2014. A Canon EOS 5D DSLR camera was used through a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Prime lens with a 58mm Circular Polarizer filter. The shutter speed was 8.0 full seconds at f/16. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a remote shutter release cable.

This image was captured in Ricketts Glen State Park, in the north eastern region of Pennsylvania, USA. This scene can be found about a mile north of the parking area on State Route RT 118 (near the village of Red Rock).

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© 2014 Gene Walls

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falls, ferns, moss, ricketts glen, rocks, state park, stream, trees, water, waterfall, murray reynolds, summer, june, kitchen creek, nature, ricketts glen state park, monolith, pillar, stone, sedimentary rock, chute, spillway, erosion

Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp3 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you very much, Larry! I couldn’t be more pleased.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneider3 months ago

    Terrific image!

  • Thanks a bunch, John!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorilee3 months ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Thank you very kindly, Lori!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Angelika  Vogel
    Angelika Vogel3 months ago

    Very beautiful and peaceful work, Gene!!

  • It was wonderfully peaceful there, Angelika! Thank you most kindly!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • ctheworld
    ctheworld3 months ago

  • This is wonderful news! Thank you very, very much for this great honor! I am completely thrilled to see this photo Featured in “Americas: Rural, Urban, Wild & Free”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • debidabble
    debidabble2 months ago
  • Thank you very kindly for this fantastic honor, Debi! I am extremely happy to find this photo Featured in “North American Landscapes”!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • aussiedi
    aussiediabout 1 month ago

    beautiful falls, great comp and slow exposure..well done as always Gene

  • Thank you very, very much for this wonderful honor, Di! I deeply appreciate seeing this photo Featured in “America The Beautiful”! Your very kind compliment means a lot to me!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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