Whittleton Arch Falls
Red River Gorge Geological Area
Daniel Boone National Forest
With a forecasted cloudy day Sunday and heavy rain on Saturday I thought Sunday would be a good day for some shooting. And it was, kind of. Myself along with good friend Bryan Janosick decided to make the first trip of the year to the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky. However, that forecasted cloudy day was more like partly cloudy as the sunlight was still shining brightly through the cloud cover. My original plan was to hit several waterfalls in Wolfe county, most importantly the Double Waterfall At Joe Ponder Hollow, but the bright light had me reanalyzing the day. Enter Whittleton Arch. The last time I visited this arch was in January of 2011 and I was not impressed. Being that I was a different and a far less experienced arch photographer then I have been itching to make a return visit and Sunday turned out to be a good day to do it. We hiked in from the Whittleton Campground at Natural Bridge State Park and Whittleton Branch was flowing great. There was water everywhere too. The trail was quite muddy but overall it was an easy hike. Upon our arrival it had become quite clear that I made a wrong observation of the arch, it’s a beauty. The falls at the arch was flowing decently and when I got into position to shoot the falls I realized that the arch from this perspective was very photogenic and I just loved this view. Though the harsh light made shooting a challenge I was really happy I had returned. I really can’t wait to come back on a cloudy day and after a good soaking rain work this place again because it’s far more special than I ever gave it credit for.
In my opinion Wrigley Falls south of Morehead Kentucky is one of the prettier falls in the state as the falls is surrounded by a beautiful evergreen grotto. Although I've visited the roadside falls several times I'm yet to see it with a really heavy flow, the flow here was after an inch of rain which means it takes some rain to get this baby going.
Big South Fork National Recreation Area
Yahoo Falls located in the Kentucky section of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area is often touted a Kentucky's tallest waterfall at 113 ft. but myself and several others disagree with that claim. Nonetheless, not only is it a really cool waterfall but it is also has a massively awesome sandstone recess that rivals Ash Cave in Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park. The watershed is small and it takes quite a bit of water to get it really going, but even if there isn't much flow the recess makes up for it as on one side massive boulders litter the "cave" floor and the other side is smooth, it is truly a sight to behold. On this trip I was hoping for that epic event after a night of heavy rain and storms but alas, it didn't reach such great heights. That was OK though, it was enough for me to walk away finally getting to see the potential I knew this waterfall has always had.