Platte Clove, Day 6: Tantalize
My last day in the Catskills was short; I was packed up and on the road before lunch. Nevertheless, I still managed to fit in some early morning shooting. I returned to the crest of Kaaterskill Falls to see if I would be treated to a light show like the evening before, but nothing materialized.
On my way back to the cabin I spent time shooting along Platte Clove road. It’s a simple composition, nothing“epic” about the light, yet this wooden fence along a rural stretch of country road, remains one of my favorites from the week. It is not the kind of photograph that is likely to elicit superlatives from viewers, but it’s certainly an image that I can look at time and time again.
Before leaving, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Plattekill Falls one last time.
So how to summarize my trip? I think the best description is that it was tantalizing. My first few days in the region there wasn’t enough water to make photographing waterfalls worthwhile and the clear skies left me wanting at sunrise and sunset. This was followed by a day of torrential rain, stuck inside, which was followed by several days of too much water!. As I was leaving the area, I could see the hint of fall foliage arriving; not yet in full color, but leaves were turning greenish yellow. I can only imagine the what the possibilities would have been like 2 or 3 weeks later. The water would still be flowing nicely and the color would be exploding everywhere! There were so many places I was unable to visit, specifically exploring the depths of Platte and Kaaterskill cloves. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased with the photographs I came away with. Nevertheless, I know I haven’t begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible. Next time…
Finally, I am profoundly grateful to the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development for the opportunity to spend a week at the cabin in this remote and beautiful location!