This past week our family ventured up to Bushkill, PA – part of the Poconos. Bushkill has an approximate population of 7,500 with just over 46,000 total population for the entire Pike county. The Delaware Water Gap, a 70,000 acre national park, is partially located just north of where we stayed and is the home of many trails, overlooks, and waterfalls. The waterfalls were on the top of my list of areas to photograph ever since I knew we would be vacationing in the area. This will be my first post of sixdetailing my adventure to each falls location and the photos I took.
The first spot I went to was Indian Ladders. This area is easily accessible from Emery Road which has a small parking area next to the trail entrance. After a fairly short walk I came to the first of three waterfalls. This cascading part of Hornbecks Creek splits into two streams with each falling into a large plunge pool. There is an easily accessible side trail to access the plunge pool but you can also view this waterfall from afar while on the main trail. This first fall is shown below:
The next portion of the creek winds through a rocky gorge and eventually changes directions before it heads to the main falls. Getting down to this part of the creek took more care and could be troublesome if the conditions were wet and slippery. After making my way down I tried many different compositions, but my favorite of them is shown below:
After marking my way back up the hillside to the main trail I came to the final water fall. This portion of Indian Ladders is the main falls but the water flow was no where near what I had hoped for. This section is a 50′ drop and the base of it is a whopping 75′ wide. After a heavy rain storm I imagine this place to be much better than during my visit. Since the water flow wasn’t very good I focused in on different sections of the area trying to capture some neat sections of this rock covered, mossy scene with water flowing in between. I choose this last photo because I liked the layers of rocks with a neat little swirl of bubbles in the lower part of the frame.
Stay tuned for the rest of my posts, after our first day in the Poconos it rained for the next two days and made photography conditions optimal with high water flow and wet rocks always look better than dry ones. Thanks for stopping by!