Blue Hen Falls In Autumn

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • Shutter: 2 sec
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: F/11

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This Photo's ID: 2697

Awards / Publications:

  • Earthshots Photo Of The Day Contest Winner, November 1st, 2011.
  • Photo Of The Month, Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council Newsletter.
Field Notes Print Info

Finally! A nice shot of Blue Hen Falls!

This is one I’ve been trying to bag for awhile – since my film days in fact! See, each time I’d stop to shoot the falls (usually in autumn), I’d end up with VERY little water flow. Instead of the nice robust waterfall you see here, I would typically end up with a little stringy drip about 1/4 the size.

It was for that reason I almost didn’t stop. This was actually taken on my way back from a quick waterfall shoot in NY. It was raining, I was tired, and based on my past luck, well, I didn’t think it was even worth the attempt.

However, it was only about a 20 mile diversion, and I did have the time. I finally talked myself into it, thinking if it sucked, I’d just turn around and hike right back up to the car.

Well, you can imagine how quickly my attitude changed when I hit the bridge above the falls and saw more water than I ever had before rushing under it!

I shot every angle I could come up with, sometimes standing in the creek (talk about cold feet!), sometimes in the pouring rain, but after two exhilarating hours, I felt like I had finally conquered Blue Hen Falls!

Out of all the shots I captured that day, this was my favorite. (And yes, I was ankle deep in the ice cold water. :) )


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5 Responses to Blue Hen Falls In Autumn

  1. sharon says:

    so … i am wondering … i realize that you are as you say “just a guy in the backcountry with a camera” but i was hoping that somewhere on the trail to blue hen falls or maybe on a sign at the entrance to the park you might have noticed what is the reason for the brilliant golden yellow color of the rock that makes up the stream bed … is it some kind of mineral oxidation, some kind of algae i am unaware of, or possibly staining from decaying leaf matter higher up the stream??? … i really am curious what the cause is …

    • Steve says:

      Honestly, I’m not sure either. I’m thinking it was a combination of factors – the color of the rock, the color of the silt in the water, and probably most importantly, the color of the light that was filtering through the yellow leaves above.

  2. David Locke says:

    I think you are right about the light causing the color in the rocky stream bed.

    I have photographed Blue hen Falls many time and I actually prefer less water flow over the falls because then you see the rock strata behind the falls and the red rock formations there.

  3. Tiffany says:

    This is beautiful. I’ve never seen this much water flow on blue hen falls. It’s always little trickle when I go there. So disappointing. Have you seen the other fall about a bit farther down the trail? Some people call it buttermilk falls. It’s not really listed on the trail map but it’s in a little glen. has a little pool at the bottom. It used to be really pretty but last time I was there, there was a lot a sticks and debris in the pool.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Tiffany. That was the most water I’d ever seen as well. I was actually heading back from another trip and stopped by on a whim! Oh, and yes, I’ve been to buttermilk a couple times, but never could get a good shot I liked.

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