Ricketts Glenn was an exciting place to visit. This is the first of a few Post Visit Postings here on APUG. The C-41 Ektar I shot is off at the lab, (Mail-Order, whatever happened to the good labs in our area?) so it will be a week or so until we can post pictures.
The waterfalls at R.G. were full and rushing to capacity. 1 hurricane, 1 tropical storm, and now several straight days of rain this year has left many in Pennsylvania very soaked and caused a lot of damage; our hearts and prayers go out to those struggling with the clean up and loss. All this rain also made the waterfalls higher than many locals have seen them and not take out the entire area in a full flood.
We had 6 adventure craving, camera slinging waterfall loving APUGers out to find the perfect nature shots and no doubt there are master pieces to appear in the gallery here on APUG and others locations, including the walls of our home. Only causality was Chriss shutter on his Zone 6 froze up 1/3 of the way down the mountain. A terrible loss, but he did have his trusty rangefinder as a backup.
The colors were beautiful; while the rain held back for our major hike on Saturday the 15th of October. The majority of the tourists never showed up because it had been so rainy for so many days, , but they were there including one guy with an elephant sized white poodle.
You gotta have rain to have big waterfalls. We got it all.
A good time was indeed had by all. (Thud! Lunch time, boys!)
Wish I could have spent time with Robert and the mysterious Alex, but all in due time. Lee and Sue were great company. I had been having a bad week of things missing Faith. Almost did not go. But my brother's weekend freed up and he kinda invited himself. I didn't mind in the least. It got me up that nountain which is exactly where I needed to be.
Lee's Hassy was a'blazing away at the BEAUTIFUL fall colors, ( called that weekend right, Lee) the amazing cascades and falls. Sue met us way up the trail. We were heading downn albeit slowly, and she had ascended. I took a couple of shots with the 4x5 when the Kodak shutter started going hinky. Made a lot of good negs with the Zeiss when it decided "Alas, I have wound on enough film" so I took a lot of the precarious trail occularly. It was such a beautiful day. It could not have been any better were AA himself to come back from repose to muse about music and commercialism and my somewhat shaky tripod under the Wista.
I'm am better for having spent such valued time in such wonderful company. Just what the doctor ordered.
Oh, and I have finally made the descent. 1,000 feet in a mile. Glad I don't have to do it again, let alone go up. ;P
"Wubba, wubba, wubba. Bing, bang, bong. Yuck, yuck, yuck and a fiddle-dee-dee." - The Yeti
First peek at the waterfalls pictures. Ektar 100 film, shot with a Hasselblad 500 C/M with a 80mm CF f2.8 lens. 3 to 4 seconds at f22.
Enjoy, more to come.