Buttermilk Falls State Park
YAY!!!! It’s finally warm! We’ve had some great weather recently so I turned to Buttermilk Falls State Park. In my opinion, the Gorge Trail is the best waterfall hike of the three state parks in the area (Buttermilk, Robert Treman, and Taughannock). There are numerous falls and cascades, the lighting in the gorge is perfect for long exposures, and with the exception of many steps in the beginning – the hike is fairly level and easy.
I have yet to take a pic of the Buttermilk Falls that I like. The falls are very tall (165′) with a twist near the top and I never seem to get the framing the way I like. And it never fails – it was overcast my whole drive from the office, overcast as I was walking to the falls, overcast as I was setting up the tripod, then BOOM – totally bright sunlight bouncing off the white falls and just making a big mess.
But I figured I’m parked nearby, the sun will be lower, maybe even behind the hill, by the time I leave. I’ll try for some shots then. My plan was to use my wide(r) angle (18-55mm) on the way up, then switch and use the 70-300mm on the way down for some closeups. You know what they say about the best laid plans…….
So I hiked and photographed.
My battery died. Phooey (not exactly what I said – you get the idea). It died while I was shooting the last set of falls before the top and my turn around. So I packed everything up and started the walk down.
And it was really nice. Freeing. To not be carrying the tripod, to not be rushing from one shot to the next, to just be enjoying the spectacles Mother Nature had put before me. I think I may have to start putting my camera away a little more often.
But not too often!!