My next adventure during out Poconos vacation was at Raymondskill Falls. These falls are the tallest within Pennsylvania and measure approximately four feet shorter than Niagara. This height can be deceiving though because the falls are broken up into three separate drops. The first two sections have easily accessible trails and the down hill portions include stairs made out of large rocks. The entire trail is bordered by fencing to protect people from the ledge. While making my way between the falls I came across a neat little cave and couldn’t walk by it without taking some photos. The resulting image is below:
After making my way through the trails I came to the top portion of the falls which isn’t all that nice compared to the lower two. But luck was on my side because the sun was rising at the moment I came out to the water. I jumped over the water and rushed over to an area which I thought would make a good composition. The sunrise was gorgeous with pink and orange clouds reflecting off of the water and a old pine tree growing on top of the rocks made a perfect element to include in the frame. Check it out:
After this shot I ventured down the trail to the next portion of the falls. I played with different angles from up near the look out point and also down near the water. I had to keep my umbrella handy to keep my camera dry but it was all worth it. Here are a few shots from the main section of Raymondskill Falls and the last portion which was easily accessible:
The lower portion of Raymondskill Falls can’t be found with any trail system, but if you go downstream you can find a off beat path that others have taken through a steep hill side. I was very weary while taking this route since I was by myself and the area was soaking wet from the rain. I kept telling myself if I came to a spot I didn’t think I could get back up that I would have to call it a day. Luckily I was confident enough that I could make it back up the hill and made it the entire way down to the water. Once reaching the water I had to walk upstream for about 100 yards but it was well worth it. This area was absolutely gorgeous, easily my favorite spot of the entire vacation. My favorite shot that I got from this area is below:
Stay tuned for my next post featuring another wonderful area of the Delaware Water Gap. Thanks!!