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R. B. Ricketts Falls Under Fall's Golden Halo by Gene Walls

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This photo was captured in the evening of October 18th, 2011, shortly before sunset. The shot was taken with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 25mm focal length. The exposure was 2 seconds @ f/13. The camera’s ISO was set to 125. A ND-4 “Neutral Density” filter was used, no CP for this one. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used. This is a single frame, adjusted in Photomatix Pro 3.2, as a single exposure-compensated shot.

R. B. Ricketts Falls is always a fantastic waterfall to experience, in every season of the year. On this calm October evening, it was an even more special treat. For as long as I can remember, all the way back to the late 1970’s, there has always been a huge fallen tree here that obscured the view of this complex waterfall site. That enormous tree trunk had been leaning against the cliff, close to where the smaller tributary feeds into the plunge pool, to the right of the main waterfall.

When I arrived this evening, I was thrilled to see that, finally, the old dead tree had been taken down by the record breaking rains and violent runoff of 2011. You can still see the broken remains of the tree, hanging out over the cliff. For the first time ever, It was a thrill to enjoy this amazing landmark, with a completely clear view of the entire scene. Then, just to make this fantastic view even more astonishing, the setting sun was lighting the forest above the falls with an unforgettable golden glow. Thank you, Mother Nature!

Ricketts Glen is located near the small village of Red Rock, PA, at the junction of Pennsylvania State Routes 118 and 487. The park is about midway between Williamsport and Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, in the north eastern region of the USA.

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© 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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  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 3 years ago

    Very beautiful Gene! I’ll have to get a new photo without the tree!

  • Thanks, Lori! When I arrived here last Tuesday, I was completely blown away the moment I saw this unobstructed view for the first time. I’m so glad I was hiking upstream this time, the initial revelation from below the site was a shocker. You will love all of the new POV possibilities you will find when you get there.

    …now, if mother nature would just do the same thing at Huron Falls!

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Simply superb capture and location Gene.

  • Thank you very kindly, Julie!

    Warmest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, !!!

  • Thank you very much, Elfie!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Tula Top
    Tula Topalmost 3 years ago

    Another splendid shot, Gene. The lighting here is nothing short of sublime, and you’ve captured it masterfully.

  • Thank you so much, Tula! Yes, the magic of fading sunlight through autumn leaves is pretty tough to beat for the dramatic effect it provides. I was so glad I got there as late as I did, or I would have missed the “golden glow”. (…it was pretty dark by the time I got back to my van, though.)

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • celesteodono
    celesteodonoalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • Thank you very kindly, Celeste!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very much for this deeply appreciated honor, Pop’s! It makes my day to see this photo Featured in “The World As We See It, or how we missed it”!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful scenery and treatment!

  • Thanks a lot, Glenn! This really is an unforgettable place, especially for waterfall chasers.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic view, well composed

  • Thank you very kindly, Felix!

    Beat regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntalmost 3 years ago

    A beauty.

  • Thanks a lot, RG!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Much appreciated, Audrey!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

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