Sunset Halo

Delta Lake State Park

It was an on again, off again kinda day… at least as far as the rain was concerned. It wasn’t very motivating for me, but then again, maybe it was the best excuse to do nothing. I suppose I was looking for those excuses too! I jumped in the car after dinner and headed up to Delta Lake, even if there were no images to be found, the sound of the water hitting the shore would do me good.

I went earlier than necessary for the sunset but it allowed me to sit on a rock in a quiet area along the shore and soak it all in. It was good. It was the recharge I needed. The beach was a little crowded so I walked along the trails searching for unique views. I found a few but I guess the walk was what I needed more than capturing a different image. As the sun slipped closer to the horizon I worked my way along the shore back to the beach area.

I was rewarded with a great sunset of the sun peeking out from behind some clouds near the horizon. I know I have a tendency to shoot into the sun and this one was not going to be any different. Rather than do a couple of captures, one were I block the sun with my finger to remove the flare I pointed the camera right into it. If you center the sun in the view the sunspots will disappear and depending on the lens, and the conditions, you can create a halo flare around the sun. I got the halo…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunset Halo

Sunset Halo
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/60s, 44mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Sundown

Delta Lake State Park

The park is only minutes away from my apartment. I use it as my “go to” spot when I need to get outside after dinner. The simplicity of the area is misleading, but I rarely come without an image I want to share.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sundown

Sundown
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Through the Stratum

Gorge Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Through the Stratum

Through the Stratum
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 5s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Walk Up, Fall Down

Gorge Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Walk Up, Fall Down

Walk Up, Fall Down
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Old Mill Summer

Robert H. Treman State Park

This is probably an often overlooked waterfall for visitors to Robert Treman park. It isn’t the iconic Lucifer Falls or the chute view at the start of the gorge trail. It is tucked behind the old mill next to the parking lot in the upper section of the park. I can see a lot of people intent on getting into the gorge never noticing this view. I’ll admit, my visit visit to the park, this waterfall was totally missed…

  

MLCreations Photography: Robert H. Treman &emdash; Old Mill Summer

Old Mill Summer
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.8s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

More Than a Trickle

Gorge Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; More Than a Trickle

More Than a Trickle
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

At the Start

Robert H. Treman State Park

Although the lower section of Robert H. Treman park near the swimming area was closed due to repair the upper section of the park still provides wonderful opportunities for images. I’ve photographed the start of the gorge trail many times but have never been happy with the results. This visit I was able to get a look at the narrow chute into the gorge from both directions.

  

MLCreations Photography: Robert H. Treman &emdash; Enter the Gorge

Enter the Gorge
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 21mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Robert H. Treman &emdash; Looking Back

Looking Back
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

Summer Pools

Gorge Trail, Buttermilk Falls State Park

I had not been back to the Ithaca gorges since my amazing trip last October. Once the leaves had started to bud on the trees this Spring I have been waiting for the right opportunity. Although the state parks have been open, most of the trails I hike for pictures have been closed. Not this weekend!

I actually have been planning to make this trip for a couple of weeks but circumstances had prevented me from being able to go. Not this weekend! I kept checking the weather app all week monitoring the conditions. Sunday appeared to be the day and as the weekend crept closing, the odds kept increasing in my favor. Everything was a go!

I planned on being at the first park by 7am so I was determined to leave the apartment on time. Alarm set, no snooze, get up and feed the boys (3 cats!). Pack everything I would need cause it was going to be a hot one. Extra clothes, extra socks, a second pair of hiking shoes, water, snacks, and anything else I would need to stay mobile and capturing pictures. I was going to make a day of it and visit as many of the gorges as possible.

Buttermilk Falls State Park was first on my list. It had to be. It is my favorite destination in Ithaca. I was the first car in the upper parking lot. The lower section of the park is the preferred destination for most families, but for me the upper gorge trail is where all the images are located. The trail was empty. I only saw one other person the hour and a half I was in the gorge.

This image is the first stopping point on the gorge trail. You can spot a small section of stairs along the ridge above the small waterfall in the back of the image. The trail loops around to the right of the image and there is a landing area before the stairs continue down deeper into the gorge. This is usually a tricky image to capture due to the high contrast of the dark gorge walls and the morning sun on the trees. I believe it rained a little the night before as the walls were still wet causing a lot of reflections. Even with the circular polarizer I could not remove all of the light reflections.

  

MLCreations Photography: Buttermilk Falls &emdash; Summer Pools

Summer Pools
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

After Buttermilk Falls I drove to Robert H. Treman State Park. I should have checked the state park website better. The swimming area was undergoing repairs due to flooding and any photo opportunities of the lower falls were lost. I drove to the upper section of the park and hiked to Lucifer Falls. Again, very few people in the park early in the morning but by 9:30am the trails were starting to get crowded.

My next stop was to be Mulholland Wildflower Preserve which has Wells Falls across the road. The parking area was full! I was a little disappointed but there are plenty of opportunities in Ithaca. I tried Cascadilla Gorge but again, there was no parking near the start of the trail and when I drove by it appeared to be getting crowded as well. OK, still not an issue…

Maybe I stop at a few places as I work my way back home. I typed in Tinker’s Falls in the GPS and headed out. The parking area was not very crowded yet, that was a good sign. What I didn’t plan for was the volume of water. Tinker’s Falls doesn’t normally have a lot of water and yesterday it was almost non-existent. No worries. I used the opportunity to hike to the overlook area and was rewarded with a spectacular view of the Labrador Hollow area (picture to follow). I thought going up the 2 mile trail was tough, coming back down is actually harder.

OK, a lot of choices for my next stop but based on the water flow I was seeing in the parks I thought Chittenango Falls would be perfect. I had to stop at a friends house in Cazenovia to deliver a picture to him and it was already 1pm, this plan made sense. Except everyone was at the park! No big deal, I’ll have to wait for an opportunity to capture my photograph but it would be manageable. And then I read the sign when I stopped to get my ticket, the gorge trail was closed for renovations. Again, I should have read the park website better…

Maybe it was time to go back home. I had walked about 13,000 steps already and I knew I was going to feel this the next day. Plus, I could feel my frustration level rising and I didn’t want to ruin the good adventures I already experienced. There will be more weekends…