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Murray Reynolds - Nature's Unique Masterpiece by Gene Walls

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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.

The photo was captured during a “meet & shoot” hike through Ricketts Glen State Park with RedBubblers Tim Devine and Kevin Hart.

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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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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  • Murph2010
    Murph2010over 3 years ago

    I really like the warm light in this.. warm but still soft! Great depth too, attention is easily held on the smooth flowing water in the foreground! This is my favorite angle to photograph this fall from, and you did a really great job! Bravo!

  • Thanks a bunch, Kevin! We were really fortunate that the sun was finally cooperating with us here.

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineover 3 years ago

    Another great capture Gene, you got quite a few from the trip!

  • Thanks, Tim! I only got a few “keepers” from Tuesday. Yes, you guessed it …they were all from later in the day. …sigh The hike was a ton of fun, though.

    All the best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellover 3 years ago

    Silky smooth exposure, Gene.

    Are you going on Saturday? (says Lori is hosting a photo shoot on the 14th on the Welcome Pennsylvania group page)

  • Thanks, Aaron!

    Na, can’t do it on Saturday, but I wish I could. If I tried to take a fourth shooting trip there this spring my wife would clobber me for sure. LOL

    The weather should be great for shooting on the 14th. It looks like plenty of clouds with a tiny chance of rain. That should work great for you guys.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Beautiful exposure with that waterfall, Gene!

  • Thank you very kindly, Wendi!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thank your very much for this kind honor, Trish! I am proud and extremely happy to see this photo Featured in “The World As We See It”!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • David Lamb
    David Lambabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, this is an interesting formation. I like how the eye follows the creek upstream into the background.

  • Thanks for your kind comment, David! My goal is to capture every waterfall in Ricketts Glen in every season. So far I have all of them in spring and fall, most of them in summer and about half in winter. I hope to get the rest of my winter shots finished this year. Winter is the most challenging time to get photos here, by far.

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

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