Warm 60 degree days have been kept to a minimum so far this icy, cold winter of 2014. After 3-4 weeks of constant polar plunge waves of cold air, we finally caught a break this weekend. It won’t last long though as the biggest snowfall of the winter is only a few days away. While we have some sunshine and warmth, I made out like a bandit to see some waterfalls. My choice today was a new one for me, Little Bradley Falls.
Dry Falls in SW North Carolina will always be one of my favorite waterfalls. I was a big fan of Dry Falls long before I ever started hiking to waterfalls.
Here we go again…another shot of polar, arctic air sending temps into the single digits below 0 and wind chills in the -20′s. This pattern seems a little drawn out this January. However, if you pay attention to the weather, there are these short warm ups in between arctic shots. If timed out just right, one can get out fairly comfortably to enjoy the icy effects that this cold weather has on our local waterfalls. Read the rest of this entry »
Window Falls & Hidden Falls – A Nice Short Stroll Through Hanging Rock State Park Along The MST (w/videos) Leave a comment
It’s a rare Monday off work in January. After a busy weekend hiking, and NFL playoff games, I was feeling a little lazy today. About noon, I decided to get out of the recliner and make sure this nice 50 degree day was not wasted. It’s a good thing that I live within a half hour drive of Hanging Rock State Park.
Here is some good advice. If a rare photo opportunity becomes available, take it. In fact, jump all over it. This past week, most of the eastern US suffered through the frigid, bone chilling effects of what has become known as the 2014 Polar Vortex. This rare event occurs when part of the extreme cold air circulating around the North Pole breaks off and heads south and east via strong jet stream winds. The end result is some of the coldest air in at least 20 years. Just 5 days ago in the small town of Elk Park, NC, the location of Elk River Falls, the temperature dipped to -14 degrees. The entire area was sitting between -10 and -14, just amazingly cold temperatures for this far south. Pictures of frozen waterfalls began to appear all over the social media scene. Unfortunately for me, work would not allow me to break away for a short while. Read the rest of this entry »
Waterfall List, a set on Flickr.
With a fine New Years Day hike now compete and 2 new waterfalls to start the year, it is time to post the updated list of waterfalls visited. Now up to 90, surely 100 will come in 2014. I have also went in and replaced a number of waterfalls with better photos. This will continue to be a work in progress. Thank you for looking and hope you enjoy!
Happy 2014!! I like to get out on New Years Day for a hike, weather permitting always. Living in the constantly changing NC climate, one never knows what gifts the weather will bring us for the holidays. For example, less than 2 weeks ago we were waking to temperatures in the high 60′s, on their way to the upper 70′s in December, crazy. Now as I write this, the afternoon high will not leave the 20′s with single digit nights ahead. With all of this in mind, when it comes to winter hiking, I look south. The mountains of southern NC and northern SC can be 10-15 degrees warmer than some of the places further north that I favor in warmer months. For my New Years Day hike, I wanted some place relatively warm and a beautiful waterfall I had not yet seen. After some research, I chose the Yellow Branch Falls.
2014……..Wow!! Happy New Year to all!! One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to see more waterfalls that are “new” to me. 2013 was largely spent on getting better photos of many of the ones I had previously visited. I did add a few new ones to my list. Courthouse Falls was probably my favorite new waterfall for 2013. Now it is time to get back to business and grow my collection. My first waterfall trip of 2014 was a trip into South Carolina to see Yellow Branch Falls. On my way back, I had just enough daylight for a quick stop at Silver Run Falls, just accross the border in North Carolina. Silver Run Falls is another new one to me. This is a beautiful 25 foot waterfall that sits less than 1/4 mile from NC 107, about 4 miles south of Cashiers.
New for 2014!! In an effort to improve the waterfall experience for everyone, I have made a few tweaks, changes and added Videopress. This will now allow me to present blogs with video. I think a good short video can really add a new dynamic to the viewer/reader, especially when presenting something like a waterfall. Read the rest of this entry »
One of my greatest finds in 2013 was a place I have been to and through many times, The Linn Cove Viaduct. The Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1243 ft long bridge built in segments to help get Blue Ridge Parkway travelers around the magnificent Grandfather Mountain. I have traveled through here many times coming or going to the many attractions that seem to be jammed into this area. I have seen the iconic view of the viaduct in gift shops on books, cards, postcards, t-shirts all over the parkway…….but I had never actually been on the spot where the shot is taken. I had assumed it was some overlook that I had “overlooked”. Wrong…..as it turns out, it’s location seems to be kept somewhat of a secret. This was my lucky Autumn though. While on the parkway this October to view and photograph the fall colors, a fellow hiker/photographer that I had a conversation with, helped get me to the iconic view I had been missing. Read the rest of this entry »