Fall Colors Crowning F. L. Ricketts Falls

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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It was a gorgeous autumn day with crystal clear blue skies. Here, at the higher elevations in Ricketts Glen, the “flaming foliage” of fall was really starting to put on a spectacular show.

F. L. Ricketts Waterfall faces south, from near the top of Glen Leigh trail in Ricketts Glen State Park. Consequently, on a perfectly clear day, it is almost always bathed in the bright direct sunlight. Fortunately, we began our hike early enough this day to catch this waterfall, just before the sun’s ultra-bright rays had completely “washed out” the water rushing down the face of the falls.

This photo was captured on October 11th, 2010, during a “meet & shoot” hike through Ricketts Glen State Park with a group of RedBubblers from the “Welcome Pennsylvania” group.

Ricketts Glen State Park is located at the junction of RT-118 and RT 487 in Fairmount Township, Pennsylvania, USA. The nearest town is Red Rock, about half way between the cities of Williamsport and Wilkes Barre, PA.

By-the-way, I’m really OK …I do know that it’s actually spring outside right now. I had totally “misplaced” an entire folder of shots that I photographed last fall. Currently, I am updating the Ricketts Glen waterfall photos in my portfolio. I’m trying to get all of these shots arranged in order and then figure out which seasonal images are still needed to complete my personal project (obession?). This winter, I plan to have a complete set showing every waterfall in Ricketts Glen, each one as they appear in every season.

This image was captured with a Canon 10D DSLR, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, at the widest focal length of 17mm. A ND4 neutral density filter was mounted on the lens. The aperture was set to f/13. Shutter speed was 0.3 seconds at ISO 100. A Manfrotto 550B tripod and 222 pistol grip head were used with a remote shutter release cable.

© 2011 Gene Walls

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