We got to the park this morning at 9am with very few people in sight and a prime parking location. All of us were pretty psyched about seeing all these waterfalls. As we moved through the gorge the crowds became heavier and within two hours it was so crowded that there were lineups to get down one of the stairwells. Eek! We were able to get some great shots early on but by 10am it was pretty much a write off if you wanted to get shots of the falls without the crowds. Good thing we were planning on coming back tomorrow.
I was very happy with my shots. Here are some of the selected few from the day.
Squeezing through the Narrows – Spiral Gorge
Not bad for our first day in the park. We have one more day here and this time we are planning to get there about an hour earlier to get some of the shots before the rush.
It’s been too long since I’ve done a road trip. Yeah, yeah I know I was on one just a month ago but it feels like it’s been forever. Since it’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada this weekend and I was able to swing an extra day off, my friends Nigel Banks and Paul Berkloo joined me on a trip to the Finger Lakes region in New York State. We are heading for Watkins Glen State Park to explore a gorge full of waterfalls. Yay, Waterfalls!
But before we get there a stop at Letchworth State Park to wet our whistle on some waterfalls was our first destination. First up was the Wolf’s Creek. The waterfall itself is awkward to photograph without putting ourselves in danger so we settled with getting some photographs of the cascade above the falls. Not to worry there were more waterfalls in our future that we could photograph safely.
Wolf’s Creek the Upper Falls.
For example the Upper Falls. A paved path takes you right up to a number of possible views of the waterfall. There is a train trestle above the falls so photos of it can be challenging unless you embrace the trestle and make it part of your photograph. Other options are to create detail shots of the falls or some major editing later. All up to you as you are the creator of your art.
Downstream from all the main waterfalls is a wonderful pyramid shaped mountain with a flat top. As you can see we lucked out with some great cloud cover. (It was a little of a drizzly start this morning but the clouds worked for us).
I saved the best for last with the Middle Falls, one of their most dramatic falls. Isn’t she a beauty?
After exploring a good portion of the park it was time to get back on the road and make our way to our home away from home for the night. Tomorrow’s plan was an early start at Watkins Glen State Park.