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Soco Falls (First image)
The first time I saw Soco Falls in North Carolina I all could say was, “Ahh $#%##, OUCH!”
Sounds strange I know, but when your footing gives way and you end up hooking your leg around a jagged rock to stop a nasty downhill roll, you do take a little damage. Probably more to my ego than body (a laughing 12 year old reminding me of my age didn’t help any).
Fortunately, this happened during scouting and I didn’t have any gear with me (or the right shoes - stupid keens). Needless to say, when I went down the next morning for this image, I had better footwear and exercised a LOT more caution during the descent.
Bleeding extremities aside, I really enjoy this falls. There was a LOT of water this year and they were going like crazy. Plus, there’s just nothing quite like a good double (triple, quadruple?) waterfall to get your juices flowing.
Amazingly, I had the area to myself for 2 hours while I tried different compositions. The trickiest part was actually picking a favorite composition – you could just about throw a camera at this one and get a cool shot.
This image was actually a blend of bout 4 different shots - it was amazing how bright the top of the falls was compared to the area where I was standing. I basically had to blend "down" into the valley image by image.
Crabtree Falls - (Second image)
I had seen photos of Crabtree Falls from time to time and I always wanted to stop by and pay it a visit. Plus, with all the water this year I had a feeling it probably looked pretty good.
The falls is located through a (now) closed NPS campground. It looked like it was a pretty cool place at one time, but now it’s just an eerie stroll past overgrown campsites and shuttered buildings. My son was with me and I think the word “creepy” rolled off his tongue about a dozen times.
We made our way to the trail, I think it was about a mile and a half and downhill all the way – so neither of us were looking forward to the climb back up. All I could think was I hope it’s worth it!
I needn’t have worried – once we arrived it was so TOTALLY worth it – it was magnificent and the photo really doesn't do it justice! It just towers above everything and almost seems to create it’s own light as the water dances off the nearly jet black rocks. I was really excited and was able to try several different compositions before it got too dark to shoot - this one being my favorite. Despite the fading light and uphill hike back, I was smiling all the way.
This one is at leaf 4 or 5 different shots blended for exposure. There was a huge range of light between the top and bottom.