Rusty’s Weekly Recap – 2.26.2017
This week started off with a Monday trip to the Sproul State Forest and Round Island Run Falls. This is one of the most enjoyable waterfalls I visit due to its remoteness and the large cavity behind it, allowing one to capture some refreshingly different images.
I started off by shooting it from a vantage point just below the falls.
I then moved to a spot even further downstream, where a small cascade and mossy tree always makes for an interesting foreground. On this day the bright sun added some spectacular highlights to the water and vibrant green mosses.
Finally I went behind the upper tier of the falls to capture a few frames from that sublime vantage point.
On Wednesday I took a trip to Yost Run Falls with my friend Steve Rubano, with the intention of removing a blown-down tree that had fallen into Yost Run over the winter, blocking access to a nice downstream view of the falls. We were successful in removing the tree debris and the shot above is the resulting image.
Wednesday evening I took advantage of the warm temps and pleasing cloud formations to photograph the sunset from Oak Hall Regional Park, near Boalsburg.
Thursday morning I took a trip to the Quehanna Wild Area to hike a new-to-me trail, the Bellefonte Posse Trail in the Clearfield County portion of the Wild Area.
The first part of the trail winds through dense pines and a carpet of neon green moss.
After maybe 15 minutes of hiking, the trail emerges into the "tornado zone", a section of the Wild Area hit by a tornado on May 31, 1985. The lack of trees in this area is in stark contrast to the first section of the trail.
I did encounter a series of beaver dams along Panther Run at the northern edge of the tornado zone. After maybe an hour I looped back to my vehicle, as I still wanted to explore a stretch of Meeker Run in nearby State Game Lands 34.
I drove down Lost Run Road to the edge of State Game Lands 34 and parked in a roadside pull-off. I hiked down into the valley below where Meeker Run flows southwest, eventually emptying into Mosquito Creek. I did not encounter any large waterfalls along the stream, but there were ample knee-high cascades to make for an enjoyable off-trail hike.
On Friday I stayed close to home and explored a section of State Game Lands 333, which is comprised of land formerly controlled by Rockview State Prison. There are some old barn ruins on the property and I'd been thinking for some time they might make for a nice sunset photo-op.
On the hike in from the parking area, I encountered an old tool shed near the ruins of a former greenhouse. The tool shed door was hanging wide-open so I looked inside and snapped a few shots of the junk left behind when the prison pulled out.
Moving on to the barn ruins, I set up my gear and waited for the sunset. The skies did not disappoint.
Finally on Saturday our string of unseasonably warm days came to an abrupt end. The fast-approaching storms Saturday evening lent themselves to capturing some moody long exposures of the sky. I shot this 90 second exposure just after sunset at the Oak Hall Regional Park near Boalsburg.
All in all it was a fantastic week to be outside in central Pennsylvania. The temperatures felt more like May, and it would have been a sin to squander that by not getting out. Hope you had the chance to do the same.