Return to Ricketts Glen State Park

Endless Mountains Experience

Harrison Wright Falls Harrison Wright Falls

I began my hiking “career” at Ricketts Glen State Park.  I had long heard about it, but then the day came when I finally decided to check it out myself.  I hiked up the trail, climbing stone steps slicked with springs.  I saw Sheldon Reynolds Falls, hiked up to the top, only to be greeted by the broad curtain of Harrison Wright Falls.  I couldn’t believe a place so beautiful could be so close.

Ricketts Glen is one of the most beautiful state parks in the country, and was once even considered to become a national park.  Various hikes in this large park are described in “Hiking the Endless Mountains”.

Initially, I would hike the famous and popular Falls Trail frequently.  As the years passed, I spent less time in this iconic park.  I was too busy exploring the other beautiful places in Pennsylvania’s vast state forests and…

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

First of all, please excuse the late post… Thanks for following the blog.

Many thanks to Ed Heaton for his guest posts.

Friday, January 9th, 2015 was the first winter hike of the season with Lori Deiter.


We arrived at the Route 118 parking lot just after 8am and hit the trail close to 8:30am
We hiked up to Mohawk Falls on Ganoga Glen, then worked our way down to Waters Meet.
Stopped at Wyandot and B. Reynolds on Glen Leigh before heading back down to the parking lot…
We had light snow, wind, sun and clouds… Ice is slowly building up on the trail and around the waterfalls.

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Images from our hike can be viewed on my Flickr photo stream at:

Here is a photo slideshow I recently put together with Boinx Software’s Fotomagico and background music from Kevin MacLeod at

Annual Winter Rickett’s Glen Visit

Annual Winter Rickett’s Glen Visit – Repost


Good morning,

Yesterday, my son Zach, good friend Michael Lawrence and I made a daytrip up to the frozen waterfalls of Ricketts Glen. It’s an annual winter waterfalls trip that Michael and I started a few years back and so far we’ve not missed a visit.

The day started with a 3:30am wake-up. We were dressed, loaded and made sure the coffee was good to go so we could be out the door at 4am. We departed Atglen with temps at 12.7°. When we arrived at Michael’s we transferred all of our camera equipment and winter gear from our car to his and off we went. As our journey progressed we noticed quite a bit of difference in amount of snow on the ground especially once we traveled through the Lehigh Tunnel. Our total time on the road was approximately three hours making our arrival at Ricketts right around daybreak. When we got out of the car the temperatures were reading 3° and oh, did I happen to mention the winds were around 20 mph (lol) making the wind chill around 20° below zero. (Ugh)

Our hike in to the gorge was good, cold but good. Although the creek was mostly frozen and covered with snow there were pristine areas where it found its way to the top showing its deep rich brown colors. 2015-6115

The falls were mostly frozen with only a few hints of the amazing waterfalls that was hidden behind it.zach Photo by Zach Heaton

I wanted to touch on the gear and what is needed for a winter visit into the gorge. Cold-weather clothing is a must along with ice crampons. In fact the rules for hiking into the gorge in the winter is a minimum of ice crampons, ice axe and a rope. Here’s a shot of our crampons.

cramponsPhoto by Zach Heaton

We ended up shooting until around lunchtime and by then I think we were all shot out and ready to head back. Our total hike was approximately 5 miles in and out.

Falls Photo by Zach Heaton

Zach & Michael

It was an awesome trip and I truly enjoyed getting out and spending time with two really great guys!

Best of Light,


Autumn Colors Along the Falls Trail



I wanted to thank Aaron Campbell for inviting me to contribute this this blog! Aaron is very diligent in his efforts and is creating some amazing work!

I wanted to share a couple if images that I was fortunate to create last year along the falls trail. My son Zach and I seemed to hit it at it’s peak allowing me to capture some pure magic!

Best of Light,



Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon? On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

HOWTO: Adams Falls Time-lapse captured with Magic Lantern

This is a step-by-step instructions on how I shot my Adams Falls Time-lapse – with my Canon EOS Rebel T2i (550D / Kiss X4) running Magic Lantern 2.3.

Tim Devine, his eldest son and I hiked Heberly Run at State Game Lands Number 13 and upon heading back, stopped by Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park (Fairmount Township). Taking some pics and my aforementioned, Time-lapse.

This quick HowTo is under the assumption that you have Magic Lantern 2.3 (or later) installed on your Canon EOS camera.

(You will need a Canon EOS camera that has a movie mode.. if you don’t own one and would like to give it a try, you can buy inexpensive models like the SL1, T3, T1i, etc. on eBay or used from: Canon (refurbished), B&H Photo, Adorama, KEH, etc.

You also will need a tripod to keep your camera steady while it captures your Time-lapse. You can buy expensive rigs that pan and / or rotate as you capture your Time-lapse – but I just used my tripod)

I captured it with the movie mode to make it easier to upload… The “normal” way is to use a dedicated intervalometer or the one built-in to Magic Lantern. This way, I didn’t have to import / resize any images or assemble them into a movie clip. I’m sure the quality would be much better overall using still images as the source. I went the “Quick-and Dirty” route..


1. Boot up your camera, then click the button that brings up the Magic Lantern interface. (On my T2i, its a switch on the right side of the mode dial. And the ML menu is the Trash Can button)


2. Then go to the Movie menu and then scroll to “FPS override“. Select it (On my T2i, you use the direction buttons and tap the Quick Menu “Q” button)

3. I set the frames per sec to 5 (it appears further down in the menu as 4.995 under Actual FPS)

Then back out of the menu.  (On my T2i, it the Quick Menu button) And Exit the ML menu. (On my T2i, its the Trash Can button)


4. Switch your camera into its Movie mode. (On my T2i, its on the mode dial on top of the camera – the Movie camera icon)


5. Bring up the Movie menu options and select what resolution you’d like to capture your Time-lapse in. (On my T2i, I tap the “Menu” button – I selected 1080p at 30fps)


6. You may or may not have another menu screen. (On my 2nd options screen, I have Movie Exposure, Grid display. Metering Timer and Sound recording). Please note that ML disables sound when you are capturing a Time-lapse.


7. Compose your subject, set focus and Hit the Record button. (On my T2i, its a dedicated Record button that has a camera icon and a Red dot to the upper-left of the button. You will notice immediately that the speed of the Live view is dramatic lowering… in my case, 5fps! Remember to turn this off once you’re finished capturing your Time-lapse)

8. Once you’re finished with your Time-lapse. Hit the Record button again to stop your movie. (On my T2i, its a dedicated Record button that has a camera icon and a Red dot to the upper-left of the button.)

9. Power down your camera and pull out the memory card and import your Time-lapse movie to your computer (you can also hook up your connection cable; usually USB and import to your computer that way).

10. Log into one or more of your various Social Media web site accounts: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Google+, etc. and upload your creation!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll try to answer it for you.

Here’s a bonus Time-lapse (captured on the same day). This Is Lewis Falls on Heberly Run at State Game Lands Number 13.


From time-to-time, I upload Time-lapse movies to my YouTube account at:

And for my photography, you can visit my web site at:

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Marty Straub, David Cohen and I had planned on making a trip to Frances Slocum State Park, but Marty suggested Adams Falls and Lake Jean… so ended up making a trip to Ricketts Glen State Park instead.

We had been watching the weather to see what day to go, but decided that we’d go on Wednesday. Funny thing happened, it snowed Tuesday night, so we woke up to about 1/2 inch of the white stuff. That didn’t phase us, we left at our departure time and arrived with only one other vehicle in the parking lot along State Route 118. We wanted to park at the Evergreen Parking lot, but is was closed.

Making our way across the highway and onto the trailhead, I quickly found out that there was thick ice underneath that freshly fallen snow. After Marty and Dave saw me stumble, they paused to determine their route to Adams Falls. I eventually made my way down the set of wooden steps and onto “Photographer’s Rock”. As I was “checking-in” on Foursquare, I noticed Marty at the top of the stairs. He told me that Dave went back across 118 to photograph the water features on the opposite side of the road. And told me to take my time… asking if I’d go shoot below the falls. Which I replied, I didn’t know. I had to check out the trail and see the condition of the steps down below.

iPhone panorama captured with the stock camera app's panorama mode.

iPhone panorama captured with the stock camera app’s panorama mode.

After taking a few images with the dSLR and iPhone, I assessed the trail and determined that I would not make it down below without my crampons, that I had stubbornly left home. So I headed back up to the highway and spotted Marty and Dave along Kitchen Creek with their cameras and tripods. Upon meeting up with the guys, set up my camera & tripod and proceeded to capture the small cascade before me.

Captured with Slow Shutter Cam for iPhone.

Captured with Slow Shutter Cam for iPhone.

Marty had recently purchased the Sony A7r and lens adapter for his Canon lenses. Today would be the camera’s first real field test. I brought along the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 Lens that he had let me use for a better part of 2 years. He wanted to see how well it performed on the A7r’s full-frame sensor.

I finished up with my shots and Marty & I waited for Dave to capture some closeups of the sun glistening on the water. Dave asked us if we noticed an eyecup.. he had lost his off the camera. Marty asked if he wanted to do some searching, but he wasn’t sure where it had fallen off. He shrugged-off the loss and we headed back to the vehicle.

A short drive on State Route 118 to the intersection with Route 487 and we were headed up Red Rock Mountain. As we were driving past  Lake Jean we parked across from the maintenance building and proceeded to get our gear. As we were walking toward the lake, Marty stopped to photograph the drifting snow blowing across the lake and road. I pulled out the iPhone and snapped a few shots – getting one of Dave and Marty walking closer to the lake.  As we approached closer, I motioned to Marty the drifting snow that had accumulated on the roadway. We both took a few shots before Marty braved the winds and proceeded to take some shots of the lake taking the full force of the blowing snow and wind. I managed to get a couple shots of him braving the elements, but Dave was not. Marty got his shots and headed back to the vehicle. I went out in the open to take a few shots of Lake Jean and let Dave get some shots of me getting blasted with the brutal winds. Dave and I headed back towards the parking lot and Marty was heading to us to pick us up.


Captured with 645 Pro for iPhone.

Captured with 645 Pro for iPhone.

It might not have been a success in the photographic department, but we had a good time just getting out capturing nature and hanging out together. I look forward to our next photo adventure – wherever it may be.

For more images from this visit…

iPhone images:

dSLR images :

Update 2014.04.03: I have since decided that the domain will be used for the dedicated page and the blog will remain at:

It will serve as a companion to the dedicated page.. where we can share adventures and images from our visits.

I expect to finish the page in the next day or so. Have two more sections to complete before uploading it to the FTP server. So figure that it will be accessible by this weekend (barring any unforeseen circumstances).

The new page design for

The new page design for

I finally got around to registering a new domain name on this afternoon. Our two old domains expired and both were snapped up by a cyber-squatter… This is my 2nd domain name I’ve registered on my own.