Although the gorge trail was closed at the park, I wanted to capture the intensity of the waterfall which precipitated the reason for the closure. I worked my way over to the eastern side of the park in the hopes a view would present itself. I had to let go of my usual behavior when capturing images in order to capture as much of the waterfall as possible through the trees.
This isn’t the most water I have ever seen at this park but it is enough to feel the power of the water as it cascades down into the gorge. I still want to straighten this image out but I’m forcing myself to leave it alone. I better post this before I change my mind…
I wasn’t in the work mode yesterday so I decided to take the day off. No plans, wasn’t “feeling it” I guess. The weather was not supposed to be all that great (it lived up to the expectations), but I thought there might be a chance for me to get out for a few pictures. I spent most of the morning curled up in my chair with a book.
In the afternoon Mother Nature kept teasing me with glimpses of the sun and at one point I swear I saw a patch of blue sky. Around 1:30pm it looked like the rain might hold off for a little while so I drove up to Pixley Falls State Park to explore. It is a twenty minute drive to the park and I was doubting my decision the whole way. I knew the main falls would have too much water for a good image but I was hoping the tributaries would offer up a few opportunities.
Spring Rush Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 32mm, f/16, ISO 100
There was a lot of mist coming off the waterfall directly at my normal location for an image. I was able to get a look of the volume of water from a vantage point downstream. No clear view but this does convey the ferocity of the water during the spring runoff.
Luckily, the side tributaries did have what I was looking to capture. Normally, during the summer and autumn months there is barely more than a trickle. It was good to see some water working its way down the cascades. I need to continue exploring this park, especially as the winter landscape migrates toward spring…
Spring Run Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 19mm, f/16, ISO 100
There are probably numerous reasons why I gravitated to this image this morning. I could blame it on my new Ansel Adams book, or the post I saw on Instagram the other day, but really, this morning felt like a waterfall day. Remembering the sounds of the cascading water, the smell of the park, it all washed over me as I was drinking my coffee. Funny how the minds works.
This image was captured back in October. I was looking for an Autumn view of the falls but the timing of my visit was off. The cloudy sky didn’t bother, I much prefer an overcast day for waterfalls, but the colors of the leaves surrounding the gorge were not at a level I had hoped to capture. It was still a good visit, Chittenango Falls almost always provides me with photographic opportunities. It happened to not match the vision in my head as I drove out.
I still like a good monochrome waterfall image though…
Cascading Time Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 100
Today, at 9:30am EDT, in Rome, NY the Autumnal Equinox will occur marking the start of Fall. It is probably no secret to those who have read this blog for a while that this is my favorite season. Not only because the photographic opportunities increase but the temperatures are more to my liking. I’ll be watching the New York State foliage map and planning some trips to state parks to view the changing colors. This year especially, I have a lot of vacation days remaining and I plan on using some of them…
Summer Leaves Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 8s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200
It was a sunny, cool Saturday and with the fall equinox only three days away I drove up to Pixley Falls to see if the leaves have started to change. I have seen leaves gathering in the yards around the city and the foliage report indicates “just starting” so I wasn’t sure what I would find. Considering the park is only 15 minutes away, it was worth the drive to see the leaves first hand.
I had waited until late in the afternoon to venture out to the park, wanting the angle of the sun to be as low as possible. Due to the orientation of the falls within the park, for most of the day the sun would be shining straight down on the water. I needed some shadows to help create a better image.
I should have known a nice day would bring people to the park. There were a few more wandering around than I usually like when I’m trying to capture images but I managed. I was looking for a different angle on the waterfall and found this view through the trees. I really liked how the small branches frame the waterfall. You can definitely tell it is the start of Autumn…
Autumn Genesis Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200