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Bright morning sunshine was making the icicles around Harrison Wright Falls sparkle. The waterfall is surrounded by winter ice and freshly fallen December snow. This site is located just below the Waters Meet Point on the Lower Falls Trail, in Ricketts Glen State Park.

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This photo was taken late in the morning of December 31st, 2012. The image was captured with a Canon 5D Full Frame camera through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the 40mm focal length. It was shot @ f/13 with a shutter speed of 8/10ths 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 photographs was captured on December 31st, 2012, during an 8 hour winter hike & shoot with photographer Mark Van Scyoc.

Ricketts Glen 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.

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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© 2013 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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  • GeorgiaPoetry
    GeorgiaPoetryalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Makes me cold looking at it.

  • Thank you very kindly, Georgia! Actually, I was quite warm when I snapped this shot, due to all the hiking that was required to get there.

    Best New Years wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Penny Rinker
    Penny Rinkeralmost 2 years ago

    very beautiful Gene. Love the lighting on the ice.

  • Thanks a bunch, Penny! Approaching the Harrison Wright waterfall always causes me to pause for a moment in awe. The morning light made it extra special this time.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    January 7, 2013

  • This extremely gracious honor is deeply appreciated, Teresa! Thank you very, very much for Featuring this photo in “The Great Outdoors”! I couldn’t be happier!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for Featuring this photo in “The World As We See It…”, Trish! It is an honor that really means a lot to me!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 2 years ago

    Ohhhh, that looks cold! Great capture!

  • Thank you very kindly, Barbara! Yes, this is nature’s really big refrigerator for three months out of the year. It only feels cold here when you stop hiking …so we just kept moving briskly between shots.

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful wintry falls Gene!!! I’ll bet they are really frozen now with this week of freezing temps!!!!

  • Thank you very much, Lori! Yes, I’m sure that all of the falls are totally frozen over right now. I’ll bet the ice climbers are probably swarming all over the glen now.

    Waterfalls tend to loose a little of their charm for me when the motion factor is totally gone. For some reason, whenever I shoot falls with no visible water flowing, my photos look kind of “lifeless”. It’s been a while, though (film days). I should give it another try sometime to see if it was just my photography skills that disappointed me. I remember that it was really nice to be able to get to new shooting positions, with everything completely iced over.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

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