Yesterday, we went back to the Zealand River area. Joan needed to collect seeds from the plants she surveyed about a month ago.
The temperature in the mountains was about 70 degrees and it was most cloudy, not ideal weather for odes but good weather for photographing flowing water. I was more-or-less prepared* to do either!
These photos are of “the Zealand Falls” which are at the head of the valley near the AMC hut. Rather these are much small falls farther down stream; quite near the trail head.
The two falls shown are actually side-by-side on the river. There is a stretch of uninteresting stuff between them, so I photographed them individually.
The first photograph shows the smaller falls (about five feet high) it is on the left as one faces up river. The total fall of larger falls is roughly twenty feet.
* I did not bring a tripod; only my monopod for odes. Thus no really long exposure “silky water” photos!
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Thursday afternoon was overcast… perfect weather for photographing running water at slow shutter speeds. Thus, I headed out to make some landscapes. My ultimate goal was Gleason Falls in Hillsborough, but I meandered. I stopped at my usual spot at the bridge on Gregg Lake on my way to the falls.
I photographed Gleason Falls (and the stone arch bridge) last October with lots of leaves on the ground but essentially none left on the trees. I was hoping to get more leaves still on the trees this year and was not disappointed.
After photographing the falls and losing my lens shade in the running water (ugh!), I headed to the nearby Gleason Falls Road stone arch bridge (not to be confused with the Gleason Falls bridge!), the only one of the cluster of stone arch bridges that I did not photograph last year.
The Gleason Fall Road bridge is actually two distinct spans. The main span is over the creek proper and the smaller spans what was once a mill race. The only sign of the mill is a bit of stone foundation on the side of the road that is well marked with signs saying “private property”.
The bridge is too wide and there are too many obstructions do get a decent photo of the entire bridge. Thus I photographed each span individually.
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