I finally made it back to Ricketts Glen this year, to see all of those amazing waterfalls surrounded by autumn’s beautiful colors. The weather forecast was for cloudy conditions with a chance of rain on this very calm autumn Tuesday. However, as you can see, the clouds were few and far between and the sky overhead was clear blue with plenty of bright sunshine by the time I arrived here.
This is Mohawk Falls, the very first waterfall I visited during my hike through the Glen today. Mohawk is located at the top of Ganoga Glen Trail in Ricketts Glen State Park in north eastern Pennsylvania, USA. I was able to get out to the middle of Kitchen Creek by walking across the fallen timber that was partially damming the stream.
The shot was captured on October 18th, 2011 with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 17mm focal length. A ND-4 “Neutral Density” filter was used with a Circular Polarizer. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release was used to eliminate camera movement during four long exposures of the same exact view.
This HDR image was produced using four separate exposures, carefully merged in Photomatix 3.2 Pro. The bracketed shots ranged between 1/4 second @ f/10 through 1 full second @ f/18.
Here, in the eastern half of northern Pennsylvania, we have already surpassed the highest annual rainfall totals ever measured in our recorded history …and that’s with two and a half months still remaining on the calendar! One result is that the waterfalls in Ricketts Glen are gushing with a much heavier flow than we usually see at this time of the year. There have been serious problems with washed out trails and countless fallen trees in the park. Fortunately, all of the trails were open this day, but with posted warnings about washouts and parts of the trails that are currently under water. Many of the waterfall sites looked quite different than they appeared at the same time last year. Mother nature makes this wilderness park an ever-changing place to enjoy. No matter how often I make it to Ricketts Glen, there are always new sights to see and photograph.
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