Crabtree Falls

by | May 15, 2013 | Impressive Places | 0 comments

One of my favorite things about the Blue Ridge mountains is the abundance of waterfalls! Crabtree Falls is a gorgeous, perfectly shaped, 70ft waterfall on milepost 339 along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

7718_Crabtree Falls-North Carolina-USA_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 0.3 sec at f - 22, ISO 100

Reaching the falls required a one mile hike downhill, and a rocky one at that. The waterfall was larger than I expected and thus a challenge to compose. At mid-morning, the sun was shining directly on the falls so a three-stop ND filter was imperative to keep the highlights in the water from washing out and preserving the silky texture. There was a lot of debris and clutter at the bottom of the falls, so I decided to cover it up with some more simple foreground growth and rocks. Praise the Lord the foliage was quite a bit more green down in the valley!

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