We came for the waterfalls but found a lot more.
Ricketts Glen State Park
One of the nicest things in the Endless Mountains is Ricketts Glen State Park. Depending on what trail you take, it is possible to see up to 21 waterfalls. We hiked the 7.5 mile option to see them all. I was also there in the fall to photograph this place with the fall colors in the background. You can see those photographs here.
A Pennsylvania Slot Canyon
One morning I went to Worlds End State Park to photograph the sunrise from one of the beautiful overlooks in the park. While all sunrises are beautiful, the one that morning didn’t really wow me. So I hiked over to investigate something called the “Rock Garden”. This is an interesting set of rock formations with a few little slot canyons. I happened to notice that the course of the early morning sun would line up with one of the little canyons so I got the camera ready.
While slot canyons are cool, this one just doesn’t compare with those stunning canyons out west, even with the sun peaking through. So what this scene lacked in drama I made up for with the lens choice. Fisheye lenses do one thing and they do it really well… Take in an entire scene. The ultra wide field of view and depth of field shows a clear view of the lichen on the rocks that were right next the camera right all the way through to the sun which was a bit farther away. The natural distortion of a lens like this makes a more dramatic composition as well.
Pennsylvania, especially the rural areas, have had a mix of good and bad economic times coupled with a few environmental disasters. As a result, the landscape has its share of old and abandoned buildings. This beautiful old, but dying Victorian Italianate farm house is a little more upscale than what we usually found. Luckily there were some well placed clouds in the sky that day.
Down a back road we found an abandoned 2 seater outhouse. That is a structure that should be on the bucket list of every photographer interested in abandoned places.
The Endless Mountains were a great place to spend a few days. We’ll head back there again I’m sure.