06.04.2022 Also after the rain but from the archives

Every once in a while I come across a file that I never processed. This can happen when you make too many images. Places like Wahconah Falls State Park have so much to explore with the camera that I often overlook something.

A waterfall gets all the attention, especially Wahconah which can be spectacular. But downstream many of the cascade warrant their own spotlight.


It’s tempting to go monochrome with this but I enjoy the color tannins add to a cascade and around here many of the water features I visit are in hemlock woods which provide a lot of tannins. Hemlock bark is the best source for the tannins used in the processing of leather making it more flexible and water resistant and has been used for generations of traditional leather workers.


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 06.04.2022 Also after the rain but from the archives

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Looks like flowing hair! Beautiful shot!

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  2. naturebackin says:

    What a powerful shot beautifully framed, and the colours really do add a lot to it.

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  3. eremophila says:

    Yes, my first thought was a horse’s mane! The wattle here was extensively used for tanning, so I was interested to find out about hemlock use. A better use than adding it to the cooking pot😬😀

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  4. Very nice, Steve, and keeping the color was a good choice! I love how that “mane” pulls your eye right down to the splashy froth at the bottom.

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  5. I think you made the right choice with your Canon
    Not to remove the colors created by the tannin.

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    • Thanks. As with many things photographic, some of what we capture doesn’t become apparent until in the processing mode and that was the case with the color. In my mind I intended for black and white.


  6. shoreacres says:

    What a beautiful image. It reminded me of hair also, and of course this great song.

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  7. melissabluefineart says:

    I agree, I like the subtle color the tannins add. I didn’t know that hemlock trees provided it. Around here the water is tinged by tannins from oaks.

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  8. Jet Eliot says:

    I really enjoyed this vibrant photo, Steve, and your info on the hemlock tannins was interesting. Lovely post.

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  9. Ann Mackay says:

    I like the feeling of movement a the textures in the frothy water at the bottom. The colouring of the water is great too – reminds me of the way that peat colours rivers in Scotland.

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