11.02.2019 Chapel Brook Falls

All the rain we’ve had recently encouraged me to visit on of my favorite waterfalls. It was on my return from this spot that I stopped and photographed the dairy farm that I shared on the 30th.

I remain, and probably will continue so, unsteady on my feet, so carefully waded out to this view of the upper falls.

Much of our foliage has fallen and now will be a good time to get back to water photography.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 11.02.2019 Chapel Brook Falls

  1. How obliging of those leaves to decorate the foreground rock.

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    • Yes. Further down stream I tried to put a few on another rock and the breeze caused by the moving water kept blowing them off. These were there on their own and seemed glued. I am not sure I would have made this were it not for the leaves.


  2. Is it a landscape? Is it a still life? Yes.

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    I’m glad you were able to make it to this spot. It’s a great composition. I love the fallen leaves on the foreground rock. It’s a simple thing, but I think it adds so much, speaks to the season.

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    • I was very happy to see them and that was what made me think to go into the water for this perspective. A little more color in the leaves might have been nice. I mentioned to Steve above that I had tried to place leaves on other rocks down stream and they wouldn’t stay put because of the breeze caused by the rushing water. Serendipity I guess for this shot.


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice and serene image, Steve. Not only are those rocks dangerously slick, I know the water is icy cold! Brave you going out there. 🙂 That second drop behind you always scares the heck out of me!

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    • Thanks, Eliza. Oh, yeah! I am always aware of that drop. I made this image a while back and decided afterwards that I was foolish to do so. I thought about the fact that, had I fallen through the ice, I’d have been sucked under and down the drop behind me. I was careful walking out but things can happen. You may remember something like that tragically happened to an Amherst woman at Purgatory Falls in NH several years back. I had just met her the week before while she was selling her baked goods at the Amherst Farmer’s indoor winter market. I won’t be doing anything like that again, I hope.


  5. Ann Mackay says:

    It’s amazing how much difference a few leaves make! They look like they’re in a little capsule of calm and quiet, outside the rush of rest of the world/flowing waters.

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    • It is a little removed from the rest of the world. Although right next to the road, the brook goes through a culvert beneath the road, it is loud enough that even a motorcycle sometimes is drowned out. The leaves were a lucky part of the scene and were much of what drew me into the water. Thanks, Ann.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    The covering of leaves on the ground suggests the truth of what you say: that the foliage show is coming to an end. It’s hard to believe, really. It seems as though you just began showing us photographs of fall color. I like the effect of the leaf blanket in the background, and a few representative leaves on the rock. They pull the image together, and are a nice reminder that every crowd is made up of individuals.

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    • It has been a very good year, foliage-wise. It lasted for about a month so I can’t complain although another week or two would be welcome. The leaves on the rock mad me happy. It would be a nice image without, but better with, I think. The leaves and slight tannin coloration of the water made for a warmer shot than the day really felt to be. Pretty chilly actually. I had my first Raynaud’s experience of the season.


  7. bluebrightly says:

    Joe has the unsteadiness too, in his case, from the stroke he had 2.5 yrs ago, but happily, there are few other lingering effects. I have shortness of breath now, which only bothered me going up steep hills but which I just learned is more serious than I knew. More diagnoses, more meds, what a pain! But I’m steady on my feet. We each have our challenges, right? Thank god we can still get out there and do what we love. This picture shows the love – I’m glad you were careful though. You could not have placed those leaves in better positions. I’m sure you knew that. 😉

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    • I am sorry to hear that Joe had a stroke. Those are awful things to experience and not at all anything I look forward to. I am glad that he only has unsteadiness as a lingering effect. So much else can suffer as a result. You’ve got me worried about the “more serious” diagnosis. Indeed. We would suffer were we not able to get out and enjoy the natural world. I’ve read where in some countries the doctors are prescribing time in nature as a treatment for certain ailments. I know I always feel better during and afterwards.

      🙂 I am happy they were there and I did not have to go searching for leaves. I tried that downstream with failing results. 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Ah, don’t worry! It’s just a lot to digest but it doesn’t actually interfere that much with my so-called activities of daily living. 😉 Thank you for your empathy though, it’s a good thing. 🙂

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      • Well, aging is tough enough with out all the maladies that accompany it. I’ve always been fairly healthy, last fall notwithstanding, but all the little things that come along make it a bit more challenging day to day. A little empathetic concern is always a boost. 🙂

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