I haven’t posted lately, life seems to be getting in the way of my photography…I hate when that happens. On the occasion that it isn’t getting in the way of my photography, it severely interferes with it.
I was contacted by a Flickr friend, who lives in Connecticut, that he was heading to Ricketts and asked if I would like to join him. The prospect of getting away for a day or two…cheaply…sounded like a perfect fit. The conditions were to be ideal, overcast and rainy. Little did I know just how ideal the conditions were going to be. From a couple days before the trip, and up to the day I left for home, the region received just under a foot of rain. Couple all of that rain along with the spring thaw and you’ve got yourself one hell of a lot of water on your hands. Too much water.
As an avid waterfall seeker and shooter, you pray for heavy water flow and rainy days. That combination is as pleasing to a photographer as chocolate and peanut butter…it just doesn’t get any better. The waterfalls were rippin’…they were nothing less than thunderous. Unfortunately, because of all of that water, the falls had lost their individual characteristics. Each of the 22 waterfalls are unique in how the water travels over them and that uniqueness was lost under the conditions we faced. Other than their different heights, all of the falls looked (pretty much) the same….with foamy white-water stretching out between them on the seven mile falls trail.
Nonetheless, it was quite thrilling to see the water blasting through the canyon so fiercely….you could feel it thundering in your chest. It was quite exhilarating. For me, it just wasn’t very photogenic. No big loss…it’s more about being there, than the pictures…at times.