Yellow Branch Falls – 2014’s First and Last Waterfall

Yellow Branch Falls made such an impact on me on New Years Day 2014, that I vowed to return. While I was there, I had a major problem trying to photograph this very wide waterfall. The widest lens I had was the 18-55 mm kit lens that came with the camera. This was ok in most of the scenarios I had been until that point. This particular waterfall, which is wider than it is tall, took numerous attempts from different positions to get most of it all in one photo.

I was happy for the most part with this photo from last year, but I knew if I was to return, I would need a wider angle lens. So, with a recently purchased Canon 10-18, I made my return, nearly a year later to the date. As soon as I turned the camera on, I knew I had plenty of new options. This allowed me stand right at the base this time and get great shots of Yellow Branch Falls as well as some surrounding scenery. I got shots from right in front, and from the side. I am going to love this new lens and can’t wait to try some other challenging waterfalls that I already have in mind. The trip to Yellow Branch Falls is about a 3 mile moderate roundtrip hike. For more details on the hike, I have them here from my hike last year to Yellow Branch Falls.

This is truly a special place.


Author: waterfallshiker

I gave up the video game playing, TV watching lifestyle years back now. There just had to be more to life. I discovered a love for waterfalls on Christmas day 2008, at Elk River Falls in Elk Park NC. While not initially realizing it, this opened a whole new world, and lifestyle for me. I now love to spend my free time, hiking to waterfalls, and mountain tops in search of pristine views. This has also led me to a love of photography and blogging. While i am still not an expert at either several years in to this, I love the challenges that both offer me. I see my skills getting better at both as time goes by. Sharing what I see via social media brings me great joy. I love the feedback, good and bad. I love to see what others are able to show as well. I created my blog "WaterfallsHiker", originally to just help myself keep up with my travels, not really with any real purpose in mind. After 2 years on this blog, I see that It has evolved into a combination of an information site, and a place to show off my progress as an amateur photographer. I try to do it all and include some bits of my personality as well. It is something I really enjoy doing. When I am not working on this hobby, I can be found on a golf course, spending time with my beautiful fiance and her daughter, or working my 40 hours a week at Costco.

4 thoughts on “Yellow Branch Falls – 2014’s First and Last Waterfall”

  1. a WONDERFUL SHOT! Def need a wide angle for the Yellow Branch! My friend and I hiked to this one in Summer of 2013, I have not been back, It is a very special place, we had a wonderful hike back and spent a few hrs picnicking and playing in the water like kids!


    1. I have now seen it twice in the winter, I now need to go see it on a day with lots of green around it I think. It really is a beautiful place. I could just set up a chair on the other side of the falls and relax for a day here.


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