Someday I will get to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house, but until then this kind of falling water will have to do. I revisited Cold Brook in Mont Vernon which has falls locally called Senter. Strangely there hasn’t been much seasonal change from the time I shot it in mid-December. Other than the absence of snow and ice and some new green growth there isn’t much difference. But the light was good – strong overcast and I had leisure to explore. Until the rain came in earnest that is. I got back to my car just in time.
For this first one I had to go behind some safety ropes set up in winter to keep people off the icy boulders. I figured it was safe now. Love the view and the color of the rocks and how the brook just drops and curves away. I really need to get a neutral density filter for this lens, but for now I only use a polarizer; 5 second exposure.
I was on the lookout for some greenery I could use in an image. There wasn’t a whole lot of it, but I found some at the main falls. They waved in the breeze while I took a second 5 second exposure. I really like the solidity of the tree and the rock and the fluidity of the water. It’s like a dance.
While I was standing up there with the water rushing past me, I couldn’t resist getting a detail shot. I panned around a bit trying things on before deciding on this one. I’m still not sure how I feel about that stick, but there was no way to go get it.
Further down the brook widens out. Back in December I tried for a shot like this one, but it didn’t work out. I was in almost the exact spot, but not far enough into the brook itself. The stream bed slopes up slightly here, enough for a dramatic view of the whole thing. I really like this one and didn’t even get that wet.
While scanning the bank for a good location, I found a leaf from last year. Even though the rocks have some rich color in them, the leaf itself was depleted and pale, so I decided on a sepia treatment and a bit of a crop and rotation. The water was flowing by and adds silky contrast.
As I worked my way downstream and back to my car, I found a little tributary coming into the main brook. It was pretty bare and strewn with debris from a recent flood, but I found this little arrangement. I like the color contrasts.
And I have a fascination with ferns. I always have and only now have begun to photograph them seriously. Here’s another species in another location –
I was captivated by the arrangement and even though I had to crouch in the muck, handhold this shot while the breeze refused to cooperate, I’m glad I stuck with it. Of about 10 shots, this is the only one that was worth a damn.