December Icicles Transform Ozone Falls by Gene Walls

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X small 18.0" x 12.0"
Small 24.0" x 16.0"
Medium 30.0" x 20.0"
Large 36.0" x 24.0"
X large 40.0" x 26.7"


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This view is from the bottom section of Ozone falls. It can be found about half way up the Glen Leigh gorge in Ricketts Glen State Park, a short distance above the popular R. B. Ricketts waterfall. Large icicles had already formed from every overhang surrounding the waterfalls in late December. As winter progresses, the icicles will eventually become solid walls of ice.

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The image was captured with a Canon 5D Full Frame camera through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the longest 40mm focal length. It was shot @ f/13 with a shutter speed of 1/8th 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. The photo is absolutely “untouched”, straight from the camera without any post processing.

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”.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 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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  • CarlaSophia
    CarlaSophiaover 2 years ago


  • Much appreciated, Carla! Thanks!

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • It is wonderful to see this photograph Featured in “The World As We See It…”, Pop’s! Thank you so much!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very kindly, Audrey!

    Wonderful wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 2 years ago

    January 21, 2013


  • Thank you very, very much for this wonderful honor, Teresa! I’m thrilled to see this shot Featured in “The Great Outdoors”!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you very, very much for this deeply appreciated honor, Aaron! I am so happy to see this shot Featured in “Ricketts Glen State Park”!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • Penny Rinker
    Penny Rinkerabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful Gene. I’m wondering how it is that you can get into Rickets to take photos this time of year? I tried a couple years ago and they said the trails were shut down because of ice.

  • Thanks a lot Penny!

    I personally contacted Pennsylvania DCNR (State Parks Dept) in 2010 and asked what would be required to hike through Ricketts Glen in the winter. They kindly replied with their requirements:

    Each climber / hiker must register and sign-in on a log book in the park maintenance building before getting out on the trails. They must also sign out immediately after completing the hike. Crampons, Ice axes and climbing ropes are absolutely mandatory. You must be able to prove that you have previous ice climbing / hiking experience and know how to properly use the gear.

    A Park Ranger also explained that you could skip the log-in if you leave a large note on your vehicle’s dashboard, with next of kin contact information. The note must tell when you started your hike (date & time), what trails you would be using and what time you expect to be out of the park.

    I can confirm that it is a very dangerous trek and can not be done without good crampons and a proper ice axe. Never attempt it alone. However, with the right equipment, it can be the most fun you will ever have. After two successful winter hikes there, from RT-118 to Lake Jean, It’s well worth the investment in gear and the enormous effort it takes to make it all the way.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

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