The 2016 Rosewood Calendar contained pictures of local water features. For September, we leave the Lebanon/Lancaster area to feature Ricketts Glen State Park. If you are deciding which state park to explore on your next vacation, Ricketts Glen should be near the top of your list for its 22 named waterfalls and other natural beauties.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Ricketts Glen is a 13,000 acre park named after Civil War General Robert Bruce Ricketts. Stretching over three counties, the park exhibits hiking trails, waterfalls, varied wildlife and ancient trees up to 300 years old.
Although Ricketts Glen was approved to become a national park before World War II, after the war it was sold to Pennsylvania for a state park.
Photographer: Adrian M. Nolt
Ricketts Glen is a wonderful place for a photographer to practice his craft on waterfalls. In the July Picture of the Month, I experimented with a fast shutter speed to freeze the water droplets. Here I used a slow shutter speed to create the silky effect on the waterfall. If you want to try this, be sure to use a solid tripod so that the rest of the scene is sharp. To slow your shutter speed without overexposing, choose a subject that is in the shade, shoot on a cloudy day, set your camera ISO as low as possible, set a small aperture (high f-stop such as f/16 on an SLR), and use your polarizing filter to cut some light. Or use a neutral-density filter to cut the light coming through your lens.