Even though it isn’t Spring anymore, Tommy and I are constantly reminded how incredible our Spring Waterfalls Workshop was. We had been down in Brevard for a couple of days scouting the trails and waterfalls and decided on a good set of potential candidates for our group. On Friday evening we met at the hotel and began our adventure with a quick intro session and discussion before heading out to our first waterfall. This first waterfall is on private land but the owners generous let us take our group there to photograph its beauty. After a couple of hours of perfect light we moved on to another easy to access waterfall Looking Glass Falls. The light was starting to fade but we had a good time getting a few longer exposures and practicing with our polarizers. Then it was off to bed to get ready for the next morning’s long day of hiking and exploration.
On the recommendation of one of our good buddies we decided to hit Ravens Rock Falls on the way to Schoolhouse Falls and although the single track trail was fairly technical we had a blast exploring the bowl of the falls and the lacelike quality of the water, then back on the trail an overhang falls with trail behind led to some great fun. After getting back to the car and having morning coffee graciously supplied by Eyal we loaded up and headed up the mountain. Schoolhouse Falls is about a half mile hike off the trailhead and finalizing at a steep and confusing twist of trails through dense low level shrubs and trees surrounding the river. Once we got down into the river the light was perfect for various compositions before rising up high enough to play with sun stars and streaming rays through the mist and water.
After Schoolhouse falls we headed back to the hotel for sustenance and our processing session. All of us were carefully watching the sky hoping for clouds to roll in in order to hit the trails and sure enough they rolled in right on queue. After another quick bite to eat we headed for the Fish Hatchery and wound our way deep into the mountains to a smaller but delicate fall on Grogan’s Creek. We all had lots of fun dealing with the angles and the debris and then hiked back to Cedar Rock Falls where we moved a huge dead tree out of the way before grabbing our compositions. It was almost dark at this point and we all decided to pack it in for the night and get up early to catch some of the incredible Falls further South.
Here is one we worked on in the classroom.
Waking early and loading up we headed South to Highlands and Cashiers. On the way we stopped at an overlook to gape at Whitesidse Mountain and the valley below as the sun began it’s approach. Not long after we found ourselves at Dry Falls. One of thelargest and most incredible waterfalls in the whole area. It’s a fairly commercialized waterfall but due to the ease of access and monstrous size we decided it was worth a stop and a quick shot. Then it was back on the road to Cullasaja Falls another road side stop. This Falls cascades down the Cullasaja River in an incredible gorge with steep not quite vertical cliffs on either side. It’s a beautiful spot to visit even without the waterfall. After Cullasaja we headed to Glen Falls to visit it’s multiple offerings. Another decent hike put us in great shape as the sky started to brighten and turn blue. First Upper Glen Falls and then Middle Glen Falls kept us looking for multiple angles and fun compositions.
All too soon it was time to leave. We had hiked over 16 miles and caught 10 waterfalls in less than 48 hours. What an incredible experience with new friends. I for one can’t wait until we do it all again this fall.