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This is a summertime view from just below Minnehaha Falls in Watkins Glen State Park. A very violent thunderstorm had just ended, when the sun suddenly broke through the gray clouds. This golden shaft of sunlight had found its way to the bottom of the misty gorge. It was well worth getting soaking wet to catch this rare sight.

I was convinced that this photo had been lost forever. I clearly remembered taking the shot, but I could never find it. It turns out that I had filled all of my memory cards at this point during our hike. Fortunately, my wife had some unused left on her memory card, but it had been formatted in her camera. She gave me her Flash Card so I could keep on shooting. That put my image file numbers out of their normal sequence, so quite a few my photos were misplaced on my hard drive. I was recently sorting our RAW image files and found these “lost” photos. I just viewed them for the first time ever and was so glad that they were there.

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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 southwestern part 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 10D DSLR body. The aperture was f/8, shutter speed was 1/60th second at the 35mm focal length. The camera & Lens were mounted on a Manfrotto tripod with a Manfrotto “joystick” ball head.

© 2011 Gene Walls

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gorge, hike, new york, rock, stone steps, trail, trees, walkway, waterfall, watkins glen, ny, minnehaha falls, watkins glen state park, summer

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

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful, Gene. So glad you found it.

  • Thanks a lot, Wanda! I was so relieved that I found this shot …and quite a few others too. This is the first time I’ve see the photo since I shot it in 2007.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on feature, 20/04/2011…Shirley

  • This is fantastic news, Shirley! Thank you very much for this extremely kind honor!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Okay. No need to comment on this one. Do you think I need a matched pair?

  • You are too kind, Sheila …I was nearly tempted to say “of course you need a matching set”, but I wouldn’t do that.

    Hey, I found at least one more similar shot that was taken before the sunlight finally faded away there. I will be posting that one as soon as I can get a chance to take a better look at it.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569over 3 years ago

    Very inspirational Gene. Glad you found it.

  • Thanks, Dave! I’ll have to be a lot more careful about where I store my image files to prevent “loosing” any more shots. I was really relieved when I found this old set of photos. I had never even seen them until a few days ago.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • This very kind honor is deeply appreciated, Trish! I’m thrilled to have this photo Featured in “The World As We See It…”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 3 years ago

    OUTSTANDING!! – John

  • Thank you very much, John!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • BigD
    BigDover 3 years ago

  • This is fantastic news, Big D! I deeply appreciate seeing this photo Featured in “Canon DSLR”! Thank you very much for this extremely kind honor!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • BonnieWoodson
    BonnieWoodsonover 3 years ago

    Impressive shot! Congrats on your feature♥

  • Thank you so much, Bonnie! Greatly appreciated!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 3 years ago

    You are very welcome Gene, it is a fantastic picture and took my eye straight away. Shirley

  • Much appreciated, Shirley! Thanks!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Wonderful scene and capture!

  • Much appreciated, Béla! Thank you!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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