June 9, 2017 Highlands, NC Waterfalls
Today five of us from the PSC headed out to visit waterfalls in the Highlands, NC area. The weather was beautiful, clear and sunny and a high of about 80 degress. But clear and sunny isn't always the best for waterfalls. Given the choice, I prefer overcast to decrease contrast.
First up was Bust Your Butt Falls which is literally right on the side of Hwy 64. It's a small falls, more of a cascade, but still nice. Contrast was an issue here. Parts of the falls were in shade, part in bright sunlight and there were bright rocks in the foreground. HDR and lots of dodging and burning to the rescue.
Our second stop was dry Falls, again right off of hwy 64. This is a 75-foot tall waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest flowing over an overhanging cliff, allowing you to walk behind the falls and stay relatively dry. There is an observation platform with a good overview of the falls, and a paved path and steps down to the falls. One of the best views of the falls is from the trail after it has passed behind the Falls. Again very high contrast, with almost cave like darkness behind the Falls and bright sunlight on the water. Once again HDR and dodging and burning saved this image.
We passed by Bridal Veil Falls, which actually has a road behind it, but it was blocked off. There wasn't much water flowing, but the water splashing on the rocks below made some interesting patterns.
Our next to last stop was Glen Falls in Highlands. This a bout a 1/2 mile walk to the top of the falls. There wasn't much water flowing, and we didn't even go to the bottom of the falls today. Along the trail, there was still some mountain laurel blooming.
The last stop was Fat Buddies Barbecue in Franklin, NC. This has become one my go to restaurants whenever I'm in the area, They have the best baby back ribs I've ever had, and a pumpkin crunch dessert that I've never seen anywhere else. It seems many of our photo outings are based around good places to eat - the perfect ending to a day of shooting.