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free fallin’

“And I’m free, free fallin’

Yeah I’m free, free fallin’.”

~Tom Petty

Well, I may not be free fallin’, but the water sure is!  This is Swallow Falls at Swallow Falls Canyon in Garrett County, Maryland.  Lovely, isn’t it?  53 feet of crashing, rushing water and the best part is that there are small stones at the top that you can walk along and peer over the edge of the falls, as the water rushes around you (WARNING;  these rocks are wet and this is obviously not the *safest* thing to do, but if you’re adventurous with a solid pair of shoes and a lack of a fear of heights, GO FOR IT!)

The view can be seen below.  I can hear my mom’s voice in my head as I’m posting this photo…”WHY?!?!?  You could have fallen to your DEATH!!!!”   🙂  Love you Mom!!  Thanks for putting me on this earth so I can go do crazy stuff like this!!!!  🙂

Apparently 22 years of schooling and seeing the aftermath of sheer stupidity daily in the ER has taught me nothing.

Anyhoo, the main photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  I used f/5.6, 1/5sec exposure with exposure bias of -1, ISO 80 and a neutral density filter to get the perfect combo of flowing water and non-overexposure.  Stay tuned for a few more Swallow Falls Canyon photos!

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swallow falls canyon…

Next up in Maryland:  Swallow Falls Canyon in Garrett County!!  If you haven’t noticed by now, Jay and I like to hunt down waterfalls.  I don’t care if TLC warned “don’t go chasing waterfalls” in 1995…its FUN!!!  So, whenever we travel, if there’s a waterfall that can be found, we will usually try to find it!

Swallow Falls Canyon has a fair number of small cataracts downstream from where this photo was taken.  Each of these is perfectly lovely and you can catch glimpses of them through the hemlock forest.  I thoroughly recommend hiking down to the water’s edge and climbing out on the rocks (as shown above!) for incomparable views.  There is also the highest waterfall in Maryland (53 feet),  Muddy Creek Falls, which will be featured in photos to come!

Luckily, for this photographer, it was a gorgeous sunny day and the trees were just starting to turn.  Such a feast for the eyes!

Of course, this photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  And a quick note for anyone who wants to get out there to shoot waterfalls with a long exposure:  sometimes, your better shots come on slightly cloudy days, so the water doesn’t come out as over-exposed.  If it is sunny, try using a neutral density filter…it works wonders!

dock at dusk…

It’s a dock!  At dusk!  Another snapshot from the infamous Deep Creek, Maryland weekend!  For this shot, I left the shutter open for 15 seconds with ISO 100 and f/2.8.  I love the placid look that those settings gave to the water!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12!

tree of light…

So, a short break from Deep Creek, Maryland and *poof* we’re now in Milton, PA.  Yes, the motherland of my dear Jay.  We stopped in Milton on our way to New York City this past October during a much needed vacation week.  Roadtrip!!!  Anyhoo, there are some photo op gems in Milton, if you hunt around for them.  Luckily for me, the sun decided to line up beautifully with this oak tree.

I’d also like to say that I rediscovered one of my favorite childhood candies, SqueezePops, in Milton at the CVS.  Who would have guessed that they carried that candy?  I haven’t seen it in ages.  So, in between my squeals of delight and giddy pleadings, Jay purchased one for me.   Here’s a reminder in case you don’t remember this candy:

Yes, folks, its liquid sugar.  In a tube.  Ingredients:  corn syrup and food coloring (and a few other very artificial components).  Yes, my doctor-ly voice in my head was screaming, “Nooooooooooo!”, but my inner 5-year-old won out with an even more emphatic, “Yessssssssssssssssssssssss!”

BIG MISTAKE.  Those who know me know that I get more or less uncontrollably hyper and chatty with large amounts of sugar (or caffeine, for that matter).  Jay, bless his soul, knows this fact and still was kind enough to let me eat the SqueezePop on the way to NYC…while locked in a car with him for hours…with nowhere to go…and no other outlet for my new-found energy except singing, talking, and fidgeting.

Let’s just say, Jay regretted indulging me with the candy.  I think his eyes were ready to bug out of his head by the time we drove into Manhattan around 4pm.

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I was still up (and going strong) at 4am.  Whee!

on the verge of autumn…

I found it!  The exact place and time where Summer meets Autumn!  Apparently, its in Deep Creek, Maryland in late September!  I love how green  the trees on the land in the background are, yet the maple leaves in front are at the peak of colorful autumn perfection!  Two seasons, separated by the blue hue of the lake.

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more photos!

simply stumped…

Another shot near the Intern Weekend 2012 Lake House in Deep Creek, Maryland!  I decided to go with black and white for this shot because I was just loving what it did for the pattern on the stump and the shadows on the rocks!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned, folks!

through the trees…

You can hear the lake water lapping at the floating dock.  The gentle breeze rustles the tree leaves as it curls around your face.  You shiver slightly and wrap your cardigan tighter around your shoulders.  Autumn is in the air and approaching its arrival date.  You take the hand of your sweetheart and head out to the Adirondack chairs awaiting you.  Once perched upon the chair, you sip warm cider from mugs and gaze out upon the water reflecting the quickly-coming nightfall.

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12 at Deep Creek  in Maryland.  For our illustrious  “intern weekend”, we rented out a fabulous lake house and, for lack of a better term, partied hard.  But, Jay and I definitely found some quiet time to enjoy the simpler things…