August 31, 2017

Chasing Waterfalls

Personal Travel

Asheville is honestly the adventure/nature hotspot I’ve been hearing about. Hiking trails are everywhere! So so so happy to say that I have the Blue Ridge Parkway a short 5 minute drive from my apartment. It makes me happy to slowly explore everything. Although, when all is said and done, it might take me 5 years to see it ALL. Today we started with a hike up Catawba Falls. A local told me it was a must on a hike and had some watering holes as well. Enough said. Drive on 1-40 out of Asheville past Black Mountain and you are there in a quick 30 minutes. The trail had plenty of parking and a very wide trail. We brought our dog and had him off leash which was not a problem. Taste of Home was hosting a foraging class along the trail looking for all things edible. I wish I could have stopped my hike and joined because I am dying to learn the local plant life and what is safe to consume! I will not eat a berry unless and someone tells me who knows what they are talking about. Simple logic to live by and not be poisoned. The hike was moderately uphill and we got the the massive waterfall in no time. Although the pouring rain was unpleasant on the hike up, the reward was solitude. One of the most intricate waterfalls I have ever seen, and we had it all to ourselves. I photographed like mad. Heaven. I played around with long exposures. This allows the water to smooth over and become much more dream like. It really only works if you have a nice overcast day (which we did). These are the best days for photography. The image was taken with an exposure of 1.3 seconds with f/22 at ISO 100. The small aperture allows for a large depth of field and low ISO helps the image quality overall. Overall amazing location and would love to see it in the spring with a lot of runoff.

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