When we approached the B. Reynolds Waterfall, it was obvious that the flowing waters of Kitchen Creek were quickly turning into a thick layer of unyielding ice. The sun had just started shining very brightly, but fortunately, the face of the waterfall was still in partial shade, adding an interesting element to this wonderful wintry scene. Snow and ice surrounded the falls, with a perfect blue sky above …who could ask for anything more.
Most of the year, this is a very popular site for tourists. Visitors from every corner of the globe come to experience the 22 waterfalls in the park. However, very few ever get to see this place in the frosty winter months. The park is officially closed during the winter season. We were very fortunate that two snowstorms had just blanketed this area with fresh snow, just before all of the waterfalls were completely frozen into a totally white landscape.
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The image was captured with a Canon 5D Full Frame camera using a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the 25mm focal length. A ND-4 Neutral Density filter was mounted on the lens. The photo was shot @ f/8, with a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod, with a Manfrotto 222 Pistol Grip head. A remote shutter release cable was also used.
This series of Ricketts Glen waterfall photographs were all captured on December 31st, 2012, during an 8 hour winter hike & shoot with photographer Mark Van Scyoc.
Ricketts Glen State Park is located near the small rural 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. The B, Reynolds waterfall is just a short distance upstream from the Waters Meet point, in the middle of the park’s wilderness area.
WARNING: Ricketts Glen waterfall trails are extremely dangerous in the winter months! They are closed to the public from late November unit spring. Winter hiking is only permitted if you are a well-equipped hiker with previous icy condition hiking or climbing experience. Each climber must register and sign in before entering the trails and must also sign out after the hike. Crampons, Ice axes and climbing ropes are absolutely required. This is NOT just a “walk in the park”.
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