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Waterfall Hunting


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York.

On the heels of purchasing a brand new remote for my camera, Scott, Jackson and I went out in search of extended exposures. We had one miserably failed attempt at star trails before we decided to start with something a little easier, waterfalls. Our search for the elusive waterfall led us to Whitaker Park in the town of Martinsburg near Lowville, New York. After a short walk down a manicured trail we reached the water and began to walk downstream to find the falls. Lush green plant life dotted with wildflowers climbed the rock walls as the sound of rushing water roared in the background. We probably spent 3 hours playing with the settings on my camera, walking in the water and just enjoying our surroundings. This park is a must for any nature lover or camp enthusiast. For more information check out this post on NYFalls.com, or to view the very affordable camping rates check out this site: http://villageoflowville.org/content/Parks/View/3


Both sets of falls at Whitaker Park in Upstate New York.


Lush greenery lines the walls of the ravine.


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


Extended exposure shot of the fall at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


A myriad of wildflowers dotted the landscape on the banks near the waterfalls.


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


A channel cuts through the rocks at Whitaker Park in Lowville, New York.


The lower tier of waterfalls at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York.


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


The top tier of waterfalls at Whitaker Park in Upstate New York.


Very delicate and beautiful wildflowers growing in the park.


Campsites sit sporadically under the tall pine trees which makes entering this park like driving into a movie set.


The Very Dog-Friendly, Robert G. Wehle State Park


Mr. Jackson at the Robert G. Wehle State Park in Henderson, New York.

On an uncharacteristically warm Sunday in March, we decided to take a trip to a local State Park to let our dog, Mr. Jackson, stretch out his legs. What we found was not only a very beautiful and unique place to hike, bike and camp, but also the “dog-friendliest” park we had ever visited. Mr. Jackson began foaming at the mouth with excitement as he ran, sniffed, peed and frolicked on the thawing shores of Lake Ontario. The park’s namesake was an avid dog lover, breeder and artist who dedicated his life to sculpture, conservation and English Pointers. Boasting over 14 miles of trails on over 1,000 acres of land, the Robert G. Wehle State Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny day or rent a cabin for a week long vacation.For more information on the park, visit their website: http://nysparks.com/parks/137/details.aspx


Scott shows Mr. Jackson dog sculptures in the visitor center at the Robert G. Wehle State Park

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Dog Sculptures

Dog Sculptures by Robert G. Wehle

Scary Shack

Moderately creepy shack.


Scampering across a bridge in the distance.

Frozen Cliff Face

Frozen Cliff Face at Robert G. Wehle State Park in Henderson, New York.

Ice Macro


Frozen Ground

Frozen Ground next to cascading runoff.


Trails at the very dog friendly Robert G. Wehle State Park.

Frozen Snakefoot Trail

A very frozen Snakefoot Trail, begins to thaw out as temperatures reach into the low 50s in early March.


Rental Cabin

Seuss Tree

This ice coated tree looks like it has been "Seussed"

Seuss Tree II

Seuss Tree II

Seuss Tree III

Seuss Tree III


As the afternoon wears on, the ice begins to thaw.


Icy trunk.

Frozen Shrubs

Frozen shrubs overlooking Lake Ontario

Frozen Sticks

Frozen sticks on Snakefoot trail in March at Robert G. Wehle State Park.


Icy cliff faces drop down to the cold blue waters of Lake Ontario.

Icy D

More natural ice sculptures on the shores of Lake Ontario, however this time they are at least 50 feet above the shore. Imagine the wind and waves that it took to create that...

Spotter Box

A spotter box on the shore of Lake Ontario.


Signs of life.




Lake Ontario has become increasingly more clear in the last 10 years.

Buttermilk Falls


Last summer, Scottie and Jack and I were on the look out for a fun photog adventure. We did this periodically throughout the summer. Some were big adventures and some were misadventures. One of our favorite trips was to Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY. Jackson was so excited on our way there that he snotted all over the window in the car in anticipation…


Mr. Jackson was so excited for a big adventure that he snotted all over the window in anticipation

There must have been a million stairs to the top of the gorge. After the first set I was hunched over with my hands on my knees gasping for breath and sweating my whole face off. This is an embarrassing thing to have happen in a public place, especially when there are really fit people running up the stairs next to you in little spandex outfits. It makes me want to trip them as they run by. It also makes me have thoughts like, “Yeah, if I lived here, I would totally be fit too”…which is something I think about every place I visit and has yet to happen anywhere.


Too many stairs

Once I regrouped, caught my breath and stopped sweating I looked around and realized that I was standing smack dab in what could only be considered the most beautiful park I had ever seen. Solid rock walls jutted up and touched the sky on either side of me. To my left a clear, cool stream babbled past, dotted with green pools where the force of the current had cut deep holes into the rock bed below it. Sun streamed down through the trees and into the water and the air smelled like hot pine needles and damp earth. I grabbed my camera and started shooting…


It took us about 3 hours to hike all the way to the top. We took off our shoes and walked through the water while Jackson took a drink break. We took the trail around the rim of the gorge back down to the parking lot which wound through the woods. As we saw other visitors climbing the unending stairs below, it gave a little perspective as to how high up we really were.

Twisted Tree

By the time we reached the car, I was so tired I could have collapsed on the spot. I took off my shoes, threw them in the trunk and reclined the passenger seat all the way back and promptly fell asleep. Mr. Jackson assumed a similar position on my lap as Scottie graciously drove us home.

This was yet another lovely day trip that I would highly recommend to anyone. For more information on Buttermilk Falls State Park head over to their site: http://nyfalls.com/buttermilk-falls-state-park.html Happy Hiking!

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