Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills

We became very aware of the effects of this year’s drought when we came to Cedar Falls. You can see just a trickle of water just below the center of this image.   Our hope was to get photos of water flowing over the rocks that you see at the bottom, but instead we were walking on dry rocks.

In spite of the lack of water, Cedar Falls is beautiful.  The trees growing on the rocks, the colors in the stone walls, the moss and ferns growing everywhere, all added to the natural beauty.

red leaves

Contrasting colors and textures…

stone carved by water

You can see a crease in this rock where water has flowed.

Leaving Cedar Falls

I was drawn to this view as we were leaving this area.  My friends Shelly and Becky are on the right in the dark jackets.  Each of use carried a tripod and used them for almost every photo.  Sometimes it seemed a hassle to have to set them up and pack them away, but the end result was well worth it.  

The pine forest

To get to Rose Lake (see post from yesterday) we had to walk through this little area of pine trees.  

pine forest

The young maple trees with their yellow foliage added a brilliant contrast to the deep green pines.

young tree

Among the pine needles that cushioned our steps was a new plant reaching for the light.

maple leaves

We found a handful of maple leaves on the ground that someone had tied together by the stems.  Becky hung it up on this pine tree, noting the nice contrast in color and textures.

It is impossible for me to
convey in words how majestic and awesome this small pine forest is. 
What I can tell you is that the three of us just stood and listened,
looking up at the tall pines, taking in the fragrance and the sound of
quiet all around us.  

This is where we started our day. 

Can you imagine being able to do that on a regular basis?  

Tomorrow…Cedar Falls.

Rose Lake

Rose Lake, Hocking Hills State Park

The peak of the fall colors had to have been the last two days for Southeast Ohio. We (my two photography friends…very dear friends at that) were able to be right in the midst of some of the most spectacular wooded areas and witness that beauty first hand.   Though I  have driven by Hocking Hills State Park many times, this was my first time to really walk it’s trails and experience the awesome views.  

Rose Lake was our first destination Saturday morning.  Though the sun was up it had not reached over the hills yet and there was some cloud cover.  The light was still perfect.

Rose Lake with sun touching the trees

When the sun got high enough it was amazing to see how the light touched the tree tops and then worked it’s way quickly down the hill side.

Rose Lake, full sun

The best part? None of us was in a hurry. We were all snapping away, taking our time, lost in our own thoughts, soaking it all in.  From time to time we would share photography tips, which we have found is the best way to learn more about taking photos…get together with friends and be willing to share what you know.

Rose Lake, fungus on a log

There was so much to see.  And I wish my words here could convey to you how peaceful it all was.

Farnsworth stayed warmThe car was pretty full of stuff as we headed out…including a precocious rabbit who snuck into my suitcase.   But Farnsworth had to stay in the cabin while we were out and about, so he chose to pout in the window.

We shared a lovely little cabin that was within an easy driving distance to all that we wanted to see. Each place we went to had something different to offer.  These images here are just a sampling of the beauty we beheld, and I’ll share more of that throughout this week.