“Waters Meet” is the point in Ricketts Glen State Park where the two tributaries of Kitchen Creek converge, near the middle of the park. It’s the only place along the Falls Trails that has an actual bench, making it a great place to meet up with other hikers and relax or have a bite to eat. After clearing the snow off of the bench and enjoying our lunch here, Mark Van Scyoc and I grabbed a few shots of the view that we had been thoroughly enjoying during our short rest. This is the second time I have had the great pleasure of experiencing this idyllic spot in winter …it never looses its charm.
The image was captured at noon on December 31st, 2012, with a Canon 5D Full Frame DSLR camera. It was shot through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L professional lens. The focal length was set to 40mm @ f/18 for maximum DOF. The shutter speed was 1/4th 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 and hot shoe mounted bubble level were also used.
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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. The Waters Meet Point can be seen along the Falls Trail, where the Ganoga Gorge and Glen Leigh trails come together.
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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