—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 😉
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!