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among the hemlocks…

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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  😉

Liz Rocking Out


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!


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!


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!


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…


once on this island…

A slightly different vantage point from high above Avalon on Catalina Island, California!  Love it!  I do have one small problem, though.  I just can’t decide if I like it better in black and white or in vivid color!  Which do you prefer?  Vote below!

Of course, taken with the Canon G12!!


mountains and lake and sky…oh my!

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Ladies and gentlemen:  Lake Sonoma!  It was an afterthought of a trip, but so glad we went!  We were heading down to San Francisco from Santa Rosa and had heard talk of a glorious lake atop the mountains in Sonoma.  Of course we were game! After a beautiful drive through Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma (see previous post!) we ascended into the hills and mountains and were greeted by a breathtaking view.  There were several wooden structures that you could climb up into to get an even better vantage point on the surroundings, but I found a great spot to capture a panoramic shot of the landscape.  It was just so lovely up there!  And there’s more lake than would even fit in the photo!

Of course, taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more Calfornia!  And after California…on to St. John, USVI!