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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.

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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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    Solid gold, Gene ~ maybe rose gold, even. An enticing thoroughfare, though maybe one should wear a hard hat? Beautiful place, beautiful work. Happy New Year!!

  • Thanks a bunch, Sheila! To give you a hint about the scale here, the first outcropping is at my shoulder level, and I’m 6’2" …and the two main obstructions are conveniently staggered. It’s actually a very easy walk-through.

    I will be back at this exact site on Monday, to shoot it in the snow. I’ll probably be too pooped to party on New Years Eve, but that’s a small price to pay for the rare opportunity to hike the glen after the first serious snowfall here in over a year.

    It’s snowing heavily here again today …time to man the shovel once more.

    Wonderful New Years wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

  • This wonderful honor is deeply appreciated, Trish! Thank you!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

    I find these formations so fascinating! I will have no problems going through as I’m only 5’4" LOL

  • Ha, Ha!

    Actually, anyone less than three feet across would fit through here just fine.

    Happy New Year,


    – Gene Walls

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