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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