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Other waterfalls at Treman State Park

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While Lucifer Falls is the best known waterfall in the upper part of Treman State Park, others there also deserve attention. In the first photograph, though no direct sunlight had yet reached these falls on the morning of August 1st, reflected light from near by added yellow to the pool at the base of the waterfall. In some of my photographs I zoomed in to minimize or exclude that trespassing sunlight:

Here’s a different waterfall altogether, the most channelized I saw there:

And here’s a downward and more abstract view of a waterfall:

I used a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second for the third photograph and 1/1000 for the others.
Speedy me, or at least speedy my camera’s shutter.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 8, 2019 at 4:51 AM

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  1. Amazing waterfall


    September 8, 2019 at 7:01 AM

  2. Quite a lot of water in that park!


    September 8, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    • Yes, the opposite of Austin these days. I just checked one of my neighborhood creeks and found it dry.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 9:56 AM

  3. At these high shutter speeds, you captured the moment, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    September 8, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    • There’s etymological truth in what you say: the French and now English word moment developed as a reduced form of the word movement.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 10:32 AM

  4. Great shots, nice and lively-looking. It’s not that big a park, really, but the creek must fall several hundred feet within the park boundaries.

    Robert Parker

    September 8, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    • Perhaps not that big a park, yet fine for a visiting photographer with only a few hours at his disposal. We found out about a lot of those steps, as we’d parked at the highest parking lot.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 10:36 AM

  5. Beautiful falls – and the layers of stone make it even more beautiful!


    September 8, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    • The layers of stone were present at all of the gorges and waterfalls we visited in upstate New York.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 1:50 PM

  6. The last photo brought to mind the concept of Tohu wa-bohu from the book of Genesis — the symbolic representation of the formlessness preceding creation — as well as Enuma Elish, the Babylonian creation myth that suggests the universe began in a chaos of swirling waters, eventually separating into Apsu (fresh water) and Tiamat (salt water). Granted, you didn’t have any salt water around, but I like the dynamic, almost chaotic appearance of the falling water.

    My favorite is the third photo. I like the sense of enclosure, and the stair-stepping. The way the water seems to separate into a multitude of individual threads at the bottom is really interesting.


    September 8, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    • I was surprised at how much these pictures led you to call up your knowledge of ancient cosmology. All four of the foreign words and phrases you mentioned are new to me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 8:13 PM

      • In a previous lifetime, I spent an entire semester studying the Book of Genesis under the tutelage of Victor Gold, one of the preeminent Old Testament scholars in the country. On the first day of class, he told us that, among other things we’d gain in his class, we’d know the Enuma Elish so well we’d never forget it. I guess he was right.


        September 8, 2019 at 9:56 PM

        • I remember when you told us a little about that previous lifetime.
          It’s surprising that so much of the Enuma Elish survives after the vicissitudes of thousands of years.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM

          • For that matter, it’s surprising that so many of us survive given the vicissitudes of life!


            September 10, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    • The containment that you singled out in the third picture was unique on this trip.
      One reason I favor high shutter speeds is that they often reveal details in the moving water that we might otherwise miss

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 8:17 PM

  7. I love how you got the water sprays! That faster shutter speed really captured it nicely.



    September 8, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    • And that’s why I generally go with a high shutter speed when photographing waterfalls. For variety I occasionally experiment with slow speeds for more of the silky look, which comes at the cost of leveling out details.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2019 at 8:19 PM

  8. how amazing !!!


    September 10, 2019 at 10:39 AM

  9. I like the textures of the last one most of all.

    Steve Gingold

    September 11, 2019 at 3:24 AM

    • Texture is the right word. The last picture is the most abstract, and I think more likely to be appreciated by an experienced photographer than the general public.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 11, 2019 at 7:12 AM

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