Rocks

MY PANTS FROZE!!!!! by Dennis Bernhard

We had a couple week long cold snap in Nashville which led to the waterfalls in the area freezing over. Cummins Falls is my favorite waterfall so when I heard it was frozen I had to go check it out. 

The hike in wasn't too bad, besides my pants freezing. All of the ice gave the fall and the surrounding area a winter wonderland feel. 

- Dennis

Frozen Waterfall Timelapse by Dennis Bernhard

Frozen Cummins Falls is like a winter wonderland. Large icicles reaching down from the top of the falls cover the many ledges and levels. The ever present water continues to flow over the pure white ice which pops off of the brown rock surrounding it. 

Have you ever been to a frozen waterfall? 

- Dennis  

The Road Goes On Forever... by Dennis Bernhard

Route 66

Route 66

This stretch of Route 66 in California is flat and fast. The newly paved and painted road not only makes for nice photos, its makes for a flying sensation as you speed across the desert. 

A pass on the Oatman Highway

A pass on the Oatman Highway

Oatman Highway is rocky and rough. The curves are fun to drive, with just a touch of fear from the sheer cliffs. Off to the side are these rocky outcrops. 

Curvy fun

Curvy fun

This is a short but extremely fun portion of Route 66. I love the combination of the road going downhill, curving, then disappearing around the bend. 

Rocky Distance

Rocky Distance

This is my favorite photo from the entire trip. The road provides an interesting foreground. The rocky outcrop in the middle leads to the mountain range and the clouds in the background. 

- Dennis

Orange to Blue by Dennis Bernhard

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Right after I stopped the time lapse, I wanted to grab one more photo. My goal was to smooth out the water some and concentrate of the deep orange right at the horizon. I grabbed my camera, quickly repositioned it (missing the streak of seawall on the right) and really dragged the shutter.

It didn't come out perfectly but I really like how deep the orange is and how it lightens as it goes up until it starts to darken again into a deep blue.

In retrospect I should have taken a beat longer and focused more on the foreground. Live and learn.

- Dennis 

Cummins Falls Landscape by Dennis Bernhard

Cummins Falls - Cummins Falls State Park

This is the first of many waterfalls I want to visit this summer. Cummins Falls is located in Cummins Falls State Park which is about an hour and half east of Nashville. 

The falls is located at the bottom of a 1.5 mile hike from the parking area. It's a beautiful hike through a nice wooded area down to the river. Once at the river, it's a short 1/4 hike along side and through the river to the falls. 

The falls is in a beautiful cove like area. The walls of the falls curve around to form one side of a peaceful swimming hole. The other side is surrounded by boulders creating ample perches for the many visitors that frequent the falls during the summer. 

The only downside, if you can call it that, is the amount of people that visit the falls. Due to the beauty of the falls and swimming hole, it tends to fill up with people. On a nice summer day, it can be hard to find a rock to call home for the day. If you want to have your choice or spots, or even have the place to yourself, you need to be there early. 

Have you ever been to Cummins Falls? What is your favorite part?

- Dennis

Big South Fork Angel Falls by Dennis Bernhard

Big South Fork River - Angel Falls

This is Angel Falls at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. It's less of a waterfall and more of a rapid, but beautiful none the less. 

The falls reside at the end of a two mile hike down a picturesque (and easy) trail starting at the Leatherwood Ford parking area. The trail meanders along side the river providing both views of the river and hillside/cliffside that lines the river. 

The falls itself sits at the end of the trail and while it wasn't exactly what I expected, once I sat there for a minute and took in the surroundings I was pleasantly surprised. The volume of water moving through the rapids is impressive. You can feel the power of the water bouncing and swirling around the rocks as it continues to make it's way down stream. 

Have you ever been to Angel Falls? What did you think of the hike and falls?

- Dennis