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Autumn Leaves Carpet the Midway Crevasse by Gene Walls

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After shooting all of the waterfalls on the “waterfall loop” of Ricketts Glen, I was on my way out of the woods. This rocky landmark is about 6 tenths of a mile away from the Lake Rose parking area, where my van was parked.

This photo was captured very late on October 18th, 2011, just before dark. It was taken with a Canon 30D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 17mm focal length. Manual exposure was used, the shutter speed was 8 full seconds, with an aperture of f/11. The camera’s ISO was set to 125. No filters were used for this shot, due to the very dim lighting conditions. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used.

Highland Trail passes through a very narrow gap between the boulders that make up the “crevasse”. The evening air was dead still at this time, since the sun had already set. This site is a good distance away from any waterfalls, so it was perfectly quite here. It was really getting dark at this point, but the totally calm conditions allowed me to use a long eight second exposure to capture all of the subtle details of this unusual formation.

Through The Narrow Pass

This Midway Crevasse is found just past the half-way point on the Highland Trail, near the highest elevation in the Ricketts Glen wilderness area. Ricketts Glen State Park is located close to the small town 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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  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful countryside and of course wonderfully imaged!

  • Thank you very much, Glen!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Awesome countryside Gene,Superbly captured.

  • Thanks a lot, Julie!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very kindly for this great honor, Pop’s! I’m thrilled and proud to see this photo Featured in “The World As We See It…”!



    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Grand & glorious formations, Gene, & so well caught. I would love to see this place. One of these days! Did you get much snow last weekend? We kept seeing Harrisburg on the news, but nothing particular about your part of the state. Nothing here. And brilliant weather at the moment!!

  • Thanks, Sheila! We were very fortunate here in Williamsport. We stayed above freezing here in the valley, so the snow melted almost as quickly as it came down. We got about 3", but it was gone by Sunday afternoon. Just east of us was a very different story, lots of downed trees and power outages. We’ll get ours soon enough, though …as I am sure you will too.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 3 years ago

    Terrific comp, Gene.

  • Thanks a lot, Aaron!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

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