I went with a co-worker on our annual cleansing rite of getting out in the wild and bringing back some images of nature. We met at Petit Jean State Park outside of Mather Lodge, and with blustery winds and overcast skies greeting us as well as the smell of bacon wafting from the restaurant, we briefly considered skipping the hike and having breakfast instead.
However, we made the hike down to Cedar Creek, which wasn’t much of a creek due to the dry summer we’ve encountered. I tried to concentrate on simplifying the images I was creating, looking for details rather than “big picture” type of shots.
One thing that did work in our favor was the amount of fall color we encountered. Despite the hot, dry summer, there was a decent amount of color, although not as much as years past. We still were pleasantly surprised at just how much color there was on the mountain.
It’s a bit of a hike down to the creek and the falls, with very uneven footing and lots of rocks in the pathway waiting to twist an ankle and take down a photographer. However, the trail was less daunting for me, but the slippery rocks encountered near the falls proved to be my downfall – literally. Slipped on one and went flat on my stomach while cradling my camera and 17-55mm lens, which bounced (luckily) on a soft spot of soil rather than a hard rock.
It put a damper on my day, and did not help to raise my mood about the images I was creating. However, Russ summed it up best when he said, “Well, it’s a good day to be out, anyway.”
And that’s what it was all about.