Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ode to Mountains!


We all have to pay homage from time to time to places in life that bring us happiness and joy. Today mine is about the mountains. I visit often and love every single moment I'm in them. The hills, the valleys, the mountains. And there you will find waterfalls and streams and creeks. This is Grotto Falls many years ago whilst I was still shooting slide film on my Pentax.

I don't think I've posted this image before although I have posted a similar image of Grotto Falls. This one shows the dual effect of the water falling in two separate falls down the side of the mountain. The hike was long but there are longer hikes to waterfalls.

I remember along the trail I almost walked right into bear droppings. I had never seen bear droppings before, but I knew when I saw them just what they were. I began talking as though I was with someone because there was no one in sight either in front of me or behind me. I knew there were many people up the trail and many behind me as this hike is very, very popular, but I wasn't going to test mother nature. So I became somewhat noisy until I had passed this area. Knowing full well there was a bear in earshot and I didn't want to scare him up.

I walked behind Grotto Falls and around both sides. It was a treat to photograph it. I climbed on boulders and sat for a bit. I positioned my tripod (that's why the hike was arduous at times), that darned tripod grew heavy despite all my efforts.

And so I pay homage to the mountains today. For they bring us these beautiful water wonders, and while you may not think they are alive, they definitely take on a life of their own. Have a great week. ENJOY!

Postscript: I went back in time and did find I had posted this image in 2009. But this one is much larger as I've learned how to enlarge my photos since then. So I was wrong, but I'm ok with that.

5 comments :

  1. Great image Carol. Nothing wrong with revisiting your work. You definitely did the smart thing when it comes to bears. I've even seen some wear bells as they hike. You were wise to carry the tripod. Often times I see people without them and I think its a big mistake. Your efforts definitely paid off. In a few days ill get some of my images of waterfalls up from Ricketts Glen Falls in PA. All the best.

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  2. This is one of my favorite shots. I usually don't care for water shots, but this is lovely. Hey you, be careful out there my yourself!

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  3. This is so wonderful - well worth lugging that tripod and nearly getting mauled by the bear!

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  4. Nice picture. Nothing wrong with revisiting your photographs, sometimes it's worthwhile to explore new ways of processing and presenting them.

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