The Sphinx, October 2009
Look for shapes in the rocks and let your imagination run wild. Do you see the Grinch here?
The Devil's Bathtub drain is the flow visible here. If you want this view, you'll get wet feet.
The dry creek grants access with dry feet.
Keep that imagination working here, this in the Snapping Turtle in the Fall. Quite a cropp of orange here wouldn't you say??
A little closer view of the middle falls.
In the fall, the water levels are low and access to many areas along the creek is easy.
I always like to get a closer look at the water.
Late afternoon sunlight on the creek turns the water golden.
Nice set of curtains.. When they get dirty and need laundering, they just melt.
A slightly different angle on the ice falls. The water that flows here is really just a slow trickle.
The upper falls in winter. The ice column is hollow, water always flows through the center.
Here's the snapping turtle with teeth and claws. Looking at this formation from the other side does not look like the turtle, it's just flat.
Another ice column that grows slowly in the cold weather. Look at the people to sense the scale.
I've seen many frozen waterfalls and those with good size pools under them seem to always crack in the column.
The trees seem to strangle the boulders.
There's a mix of Hemlocks that stay green all the time and other trees that have brilliant colors in the Fall.
The upper falls are easily accessed on the east end of the gorge.
Trees look like a toupee on a bald man. They grow on the top layer sending roots down looking for earth and a drink of water.
Debris washes down the gorge in times of high water.
Maybe a portrait view of the Sphinx...
The lower falls up close, a good zoom lens kept me out of the water.
The increased water flow stirs the pool enough to break the mirror.
The lower falls again, this time early winter.
The Devil's bathtub in winter. If he got in it, would the ice melt around it?
The stone bridge over the Devil's Bathtub.
A second view again, I'll never be able to pick just one.
A different year, the snapping turtle again. I think I must have 1,000 photos of this guy.
With the people out of the way, take the shot of the formation.
Winter has it's own special features. Don't hide inside, get out and enjoy.
This path goes between Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls.
More of those hungry trees strangling the boulders..
The plunge pool of the upper falls looks like a mirror.
Carved by rushing water, the edges of the gorge are very steep in places.
This view is just upstream of the middle falls..
At the western end of the gorge broken tilted rocks create an angular scene.
Downed trees, boulders tangled and strangled by roots, who says this is a quiet peaceful scene?
Always tough to pick between a couple good shots for me. Enjoy the subtile differences..
The increased water flow makes it fun to play with slow shutter speeds. Soft cottony texture to the falls are the result of long exposure times.
Getting a good angle on the Devil's Bathtub is difficult.
During the depth of winter, there's a photo in every direction you look.
This is the view below the Devil's bathtub. The creek is frozen and my feet are dry unlike in the warmer seasons.
The middle falls viewed from a rock perch. There's an easier view from a stone bridge but it's obstructed by broken trees and flood debris.
The upper trail around the rim of the gorge passes over the bridge allowing a good view below. I prefer to stay inside the gorge.
There's a tunnel carved through the rocks around the middle falls. This past winter, ice had completely covered the stairs and it became a slide.
More on thje trail between the parks. If you walk at a reasonable pace you can cover the 2.5 miles in about an hour and a half.
The view downstream of the Devil's Bathtub showing the stone bridge.
I like this shot of the upper falls. It's one of my favorites for greeting cards.
This is the Devil's Bathtub.
This is the middle falls.
Cross this stone bridge to get to the lower falls.
Here's the upper falls in early winter. The water flow is pretty good and the ice is just staritng to form in spots.
Golden hour in the gorge, late afternoon lights up the place.
Enter the gorge with caution... ICE can be dangerous but very beautiful.
A view of this formation was used on a large company's Christmas Card a few years ago.
This formation is very close to the upper falls.
Always take a closer view while you're there and set up.
This is the view from the stone bridge. Look in the upper right corner for the people to get an idea of the scale of the place.
The lower falls frozen.
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