Great Falls National Park is located on the Potomac River in Virginia, just 15 miles from our Nation’s Capitol. The Potomac drops roughly 76 feet in elevation as it carves through the Mather Gorge creating magnificent waterfalls.
This is also the site of the Patowmack Canal which was partially funded by George Washington and began operation in 1785. The canal was built to allow commerce a way to navigate around the falls.
I was happy that the sky was overcast during my visit. This allowed me to capture the falls using two lens filters, setting the aperture to f/22 to get as much detail as possible, and adjusting the shutter speed to around one second in order to capture the softness of the moving water.
At times, the sun tried to peak through the clouds and the mist.
A small waterfall on the Maryland side of the river.
Looking south as the Potomac runs through the Mather Gorge.
The sun trying to make it’s presence again.
Looking south again with a bit more sun.
Remnants of the Patowmack Canal still exist in the park.
You can view the entire Great Falls National Park photo set on Flickr including two panoramas taken with the iPhone 5.
As I drove along Route 6 through Mt. Jewett on my way to the Kinzua Bridge, I was amazed at this beautiful, colorful mural on the side of a building. On my way back through I stopped to capture this amazing art. I had no idea how this beautiful mural found it’s way into such a small, rural town. Until I got home and did some research.
Route 6 is an interesting road across the northern part of Pennsylvania and runs through a lot of beautiful, small towns. The town of Mt. Jewett has a large Swedish heritage. They even have an annual Swedish Festival during the second week of August.
The mural was painted by the famous muralist Kong Ho. The mural is 3,4000 square feet and showcases the local heritage. It is definitely a wonder to set your eyes upon when visiting this little town.
The Kinzua Bridge was once the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high. If you know me, you know I love history and abandoned structures. After seen photos of this I knew it was something I wanted to see in person. Today I committed myself to a long road trip to photograph the Kinzua Bridge myself.
It was a long journey. I live in Harrisburg which is in south central Pennsylvania. The Kinzua Bridge is located in Kinzua Bridge State Park which is near Mt. Jewett in north western Pennsylvania near the New York border. It took four hours to drive their, and another four hours to drive back.
In 2003, the bridge was hit by a tornado which brought down about half of the bridge.
In 2011, the remaining section of the bridge was reinforced along with the addition of a walking platform and observation deck at the end of the standing structure. Above is a view from the end of the standing structure which overlooks the falled section of the bridge.
You can find more photos of the Kinzua Bridge on my Flickr set.