Finger Lakes: Clouds Return and there Was Much Rejoicing

Lightscapes Nature Photography Blog

I’ve talked at some length on this blog about the merits of overcast conditions when photographing creeks and waterfalls in wooded settings.  On this, my final full day in the Finger Lakes region, the forecast called for the first cloudy day since my second complete day at Ricketts Glen.  More accurately put, the forecast called for clouds in the morning and early afternoon, followed by rain, starting mid-afternoon.  It was time to make (photographic) hay while the sun wasn’t shining.

The previous day’s scouting session had convinced both Ward and myself that, having spent several hours photographing at Watkins Glen State Park, our remaining priorities were Cascadilla Gorge, in Ithaca, and Taughannock Falls State Park, about 10 miles to the north, in that order.  We dutifully got up very early to make the 30-odd-minute drive to the gorge so we’d arrive there approximately at first light.  Parking in the…

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