Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top 12 of 2012 - Number 2:The Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the Fall

I did the math and I figure it's been about 27 years since I first took an interest in photography.  When we moved to Hudson, OH I heard about the photo classes that were offered at my high school.  Basic black and white photography.  From there, I was hooked.  Even had my own basement darkroom, (which all the running water used to drive my Dad nuts!). 
Like a lot of people, Ansel Adams was/is my photographic idol.  When I grew up I wanted to be just like him.  A lot of my early work was inspired by him.  But I didn't have Yosemite or the desert southwest to explore.  Being in high school and all kind of limits your funding for trips like that.  But I had the next best thing nearby.  The Cuyahoga Valley National Park! (Examples from some scans of old negatives of mine)

I would go out there and spend HOURS hiking around trying to channel that Ansel Adams vibe.  Well, tried at least.  But it was fun.
Fast forward a bunch of years and I still find myself making the drive up to the Valley when I want to go shooting.  And fall is a great time to explore the national park.  This past fall we headed up to an area that is in the park, but a lot of it is untamed.  The Blue Hen Falls area.  Located literally right behind Boston Mills Ski Resort, this area offers some great hiking and even better spots for photographing.  We also spent some time wandering around The Ledges area of the park which is where MANY of my photos over the years have been taken.  But I always seem to find something new when I go back. 

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