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. Read more
Issaqueena Falls is a beautiful 100 foot waterfall, just 6 miles or so north of Walhalla, SC on HWY 28. I first noticed this waterfall on New Years Day 2014 on my first trip to Yellow Branch Falls. As I left Walhalla on SC Hwy 28 heading north, I could see a waterfall on the side of the mountain across the valley as HWY 28 began to climb. As I continued to climb, I came to my destination of Yellow Branch Falls and spent the afternoon there. However, directly across the Hwy 28 is the entrance into Issaqueena Falls. After driving down the mountain some from the entrance, I am pretty certain that Issaqueena Falls is what I was able see from SC 28.
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I was on my way to South Carolina this last weekend of 2014, on my way to the Walhalla area to see some waterfalls just north of town. This requires me to go through the beautiful city of Greenville, SC. I have spent some time here in the past on some work related projects. I never knew that there was a large, beautiful waterfall on the Reedy River right in the center of town. I must admit that I really wasn’t searching for them at that stage in my life either. I learned of this particular waterfall from viewing photos online, from some other waterfall seekers. While the idea of a waterfall in downtown Greenville doesn’t necessarily excite me, I was going to be driving right by it today. It was just a short detour from the interstate so I said “Why Not?” Read more
One of my focuses of 2014 was to see more waterfalls that were “new to me”. Along with revisiting others and improving the existining photography, I want to expand my waterfall base. This mid July weekend was good, as I added 4 new waterfalls to my list. I would have to say that of the 4 new waterfalls, this one, Twin Falls goes down as my favorite.
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.
This early March trip was planned to be a trip to South Carolina to see Kings Creek Falls and Yellow Branch Falls. As it often happens, my original plan did not pan out, and a new story developed. Read more