—click image for lager view (its much better that way!)—
Its a two-fer!!! Swallow Falls Canyon in Garrett County, Maryland has one of the oldest hemlock stands in the state, with some trees up to 300 years old. Just think…some of these trees were “born” in the century that we won our independence! The forest itself is very unique. Very cool, damp, and quiet with a canopy of pine. It is a tranquil place with sunlight filtering in through the canopy. A hike along the trails provides glimpses of river and waterfalls through the hemlocks and, if you’re adventurous, a bit of off-trail hiking brings you right to the water’s edge.
For these forest shots, I applied a dreamy-looking filter in Photoshop CS5 to help strengthen that “mystic forest” look. And, of course, the photos were taken with the Canon Powershot G12.
And now, for a rare shot of the photographer. Oh, yes, I dared to do it…its now a three-fer!! I enjoy rock-climbing, so, naturally, I took to the rocks that I found in the forest. And yes, that is a MASSIVE boulder held up by piles of rubble. I like to live life on the edge. I mean, its not fun unless someone is in danger of being squished like a bug 😉
“And I’m free, free fallin’
Yeah I’m free, free fallin’.”
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!
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!