After visiting and photographing countless waterfalls, it is obvious to me that Murray Reynolds Falls in Ricketts Glen is truly a one-of-a-kind natural formation. Unique conditions have created one of Mother Nature’s most striking works of wilderness sculpture.
As the rushing waters of Kitchen Creek have slowly worn away tiny bits of ancient stone over the eons, a monolithic column of rock was allowed to stand alone, right in the middle of a pair of active spillways. The steep spillway walls have become polished smooth, to become a set of wash basins that surround the waterfalls’ striking centerpiece.
From certain angles, you can see what appears to be stack of totem pole-like faces that make up this most unusual column of stone.
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View of Murray Reynolds from the Splash Pool Below
Murray Reynolds is the first waterfall that you will experience while hiking up the lower Waterfall Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park. It’s located about 1.5 miles in from the Evergreen parking area on RT-118.
This image of the Murray Reynolds Waterfall was captured with a Canon 10D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the 30mm focal length. The aperture was f/11 with a 1/2 second shutter speed at ISO 100. A Manfrotto tripod and pistol grip head were used with a remote shutter release.
Ricketts Glen State Park 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 Williamsport and Wilkes Barre, PA.
© 2011 Gene Walls
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