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Around every turn, there is another visual surprise that you have never seen anywhere else on earth. Your eyes are filled with the magic of natures amazing sculpture, slowly crafted out of solid stone. This gentle little stream, called “Glen Creek”, has meticulously shaved away bits and pieces of the earth’s stony crust to reveal these sedimentary layers and mysterious narrow spaces.

The steep walls of the canyon only allow small slivers of sunlight to illuminate a few selected spots in the narrowest sections of the gorge. This will only happen at certain times of the day. When you are blessed with a fleeting view of those special glowing places, it actually makes you pause for a moment to catch your breath. With camera in hand, it is possible to record what you have seen, to share that rare feeling with others.

Featured here is Pluto Falls, in the narrow and winding Spiral Gorge section of the glen. It is about one mile in from the lower starting point of the main trail.

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Watkins Glen State Park is located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, in Watkins Glen, New York, USA. This beautiful gorge can be found in the “Finger Lakes” region, in the southern central portion of the state.

Please visit my “RedBubble Collection” of Watkins Glen photos posted on RB right now. It includes my most viewed image called Heaven’s Light In Watkins Glen

This photograph was captured with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens on a Canon EOS DSLR body. The aperture was f/4, shutter speed was 1/20th second at the widest focal length of 25mm. The camera & Lens were mounted on a Manfrotto tripod with a Manfrotto “joystick” ball head.

© 2011 Gene Walls

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100 Views as of April10, 2011, just one day after it was uploaded to RedBubble.

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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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  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you so much for Featuring this photo in “The World As We See It…”! The honor is truly appreciated!

    Very gratefully.


    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 3 years ago

    You have made photo of the day Gene . Superbly done .

    Hypnotic Magic of Watkins Glen
    by Gene Walls

  • Thank you very, very much for this wonderful “Photo of the Day” honor, Pop’s!!! I deeply appreciate this extremely kind distinction!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Amazingly stunning shot Gene- congratulations!

  • Thank you so kindly, Rosie! Much appreciated!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • allicata
    allicataover 3 years ago

    the natural beautiful shapes. none can compare to create. excellent capture and find, Gene!

  • Most appreciated, Allison! Thank you!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 3 years ago

    Great work, Gene. That strata is beautiful! Reallly pleased you didnt ignore that. x

  • Kindest thanks, Maureen! You upstaters have some amazing places to shoot, don’t you.

    Wonderful wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Superb! What an intriguing place, and a great description provided! Amazing composition,pov and dof to your image!

  • Thank you ever so much, Joanne! I’m so glad you liked my photo …and writeup!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    Simply Stunning capture, beautiful composition !
    Congrats on your Photo of the day 4-8-11 !

  • Thanks a lot, Jan! I really appreciate your very kind congrats, too!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Murph2010
    Murph2010over 3 years ago

    Wow, stunning composition. I’ve never seen a WG shot quite like this, where the impact in the shot lies in the power with which the horizontal lines in the rock sweep the eye in to the trickle of water. Cool stuff, stunning work!

  • Thank you very much, Kevin! I’m so glad you like the shot! It’s amazing how much shared ground our boots have trekked. I’ve been enjoying your Watkins Glen shots, too.

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerover 3 years ago

    Great colors:)! Wow! At first I thought this must be in the Mid to southwest – Utah, Arizona or similar. I was really surprised to read it is in New Yoerk state:)! I hope you can get to explore the whole State Park and share more images like this with us:)!

  • Thanks, Rene! Nope, not the southwest, it really is western NY. I actually do have a “Collection” of Watkins Glen photos posted on RB right now. It includes my most viewed image called Heaven’s Light In Watkins Glen and 11 others.

    Recently, I have also been digitizing some of my older 35mm photos from this amazing place too. I’ll be adding some more shots in the near future.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture. Congratulations! Well deserved.

  • Thank you very kindly, Lucinda! Much appreciated!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

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