Ohiopyle

Barronvale Bridge (revisited)

Revisited an old favorite spot today. Round here, it was the first day of “buck deer season”… figured the odds of getting shot wandering a remote creek were highly probable, so I went to a location that I figured to be safe(r) and set to work. Kinda surprised to find some ice on the creek. Once my hands were in for a WHile, I was educated to the fact of how the ice had formed. I’ve been foregoing the rubber gloves as much as possible in favor of dexterity and well…basically procrastination. I know there’ll be plenty of days where going raw pawed won’t be as tolerable.

This is the Barronvale covered bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. A beautiful spot visited by many. I’ve posted a few balance photos from here before (see comments). It’s a beautiful creek. Home to some awesome stones, quite unique in shapes and state of polish. If you’re ever in the area. Stop and check this place out. Particularly upstream from the covered bridge. Pick up a few stones…see what you come up with ❤

 

Linn Run balancing 11.18.16

Spent a great deal of the morning stone balancing at Linn Run State Park, PA. It was a chilly morning. I was quickly reminded of early winter balancing. Not all wet rocks are simply wet. Some are actually covered in a thin coating of ice.  I was carrying an arm load of rocks that I had collected when all of a sudden I was airborne. Took a hard spill draping myself over a large boulder and eventually coming to a rest after smashing my forearm against something. Laid on the ground for a minute composing myself before “walking it off” and chuckling a bit. Went to work balancing coming up with several completed pieces. Lighting wasn’t ideal, but I did the best I could. Eventually I was stiff enough to head home. Time for a little therapy to help with the bumps and bruises -Cheers

Creation – the process (video)

I spent the day at Ohiopyle State Park enjoying the fall conditions and creating some stone balances. Here’s a video of the  balance process and a few photos of finished balances from the day. Enjoy

 

Boom, its fall

It seemed to happen overnight. The familiar change from warm, summer waters to chilly creeks and vibrant color. Hit the woods early yesterday morning to take advantage of the clear and calm conditions. I believe that waders will be the norm from now on. Downright cold…Brrr. Stone balancing conditions with vigor. Hot coffee was a requirement. Eventually the sun crept into my little nook and provided a whole new level of smiles. A few photos… different angles, colorations, variations. Good stuff for my soul 🙂

Ohiopyle Stone Balancing 9.25.2016

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Sept. 2014 – Ohiopyle State Park

Several years ago I created photo that I liked. Mostly it was the mood of the shot, the balance was basic by design and skill. Often I’ve toyed with reusing the location, but contemplated it being already “done”…besides it’s a high traffic area which usually prevents anything too complex from being completed. Yesterday, upon arrival at Ohiopyle…town was pretty low key. The air temperature was cooler which kept most people on the bike trail and out of the water. The sky was a brilliant blue, it was the right time of year…here was a near perfect opportunity to seize that “scene” from several years ago and improve. The first time I balanced and photographed here, it was simple luck and proper time.  Yesterday I had some forethought and experience to help guide my ideas and actions. The lighting is provided by a street light situated across the river. It created pure magic as it bounces across the rivers current. There’s also a railroad crossing to the right of the light which provided the red light in the other images. Happy that it all came together again 🙂

Ohiopyle State Park 4.30.16

Spent a little time in the park today… Ohiopyle State Park that is 🙂  First time balancing under Low Bridge this year. Met quite few nice folks even though town was pretty mellow. Several countries were represented… I signed a few stones which will go on plane rides around the world. Always wonderful to make people smile and provide lasting memories.

Ohiopyle 4.19.2016

Abundant spring conditions were enjoyed along the river in Ohiopyle State Park. late in the day I experienced one of the most impressive Caddisfly hatches in recent years. Emergence happened as I was photographing my last balance of the day.

Dimple & Swimmers

Recently I spent some time balancing along the shore of the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle State Park.  I rode my bike down the Yough River Trail to the pullout just above the rapids known as “Dimple” and “Swimmers”. This area has a huge beach of some wicked smooth river stones.  The lack of friction took a few visits to get used to. Still lots of room for improvement as always. Here’s the one of the few I photographed.  Wind was a rather large factor this day. Here’s a couple angles and wet and dry photos.

Ohiopyle Jan 31, 2016

Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park draws many visitors throughout the year. It’s a magical little waterfall nestled away in a stone amphitheater easily accessible within a few minutes of the car. Winter can be an especially beautiful time to experience the loud roar and often mesmerizing view of this relatively small waterfall as it snakes it’s way down to the Youghiogheny River several hundred yards below the falls. At the base of the falls is a pool of water that can hold a rare personality in winter. Commonly ice builds up to create a cone at the base of the falls and if cold enough for a prolonged period of time the entire falls freeze. When the timing is right, conditions can be favorable for the kind of backgrounds that appeal to me.  The kind that create stunning photos which highlight my stone balances properly. On January 13th I visited the park to create some stone balance art as happens on many occasions. Most of the streams were fully frozen offering nothing in the way of stones to balance. As a last resort, I ventured to Cucumber falls and found that the pool below the falls was open enough for me to work. Stone selection was minimal, but through experience and out of necessity I found what was needed to show a different view of this often visited area. Throughout my time working the melting snow and ice caused a rapid rise in the creek as well as rather hazardous work conditions. Large chunks of ice were coming over the falls and landing very close to where I was working. Between that and the increase of spray from the falls my photography session was complete. I stayed to observe/study the location and environment for future adventures. It wasn’t long before the rising water collapsed my creations and erased the location to as it was before my arrival.