Moose River, McKeever, NY
My original plan was to go to Old Forge on Saturday morning to see what autumn colors I could find. I was hoping to start the day with a sunrise from the docks in Old Forge and then work my way into to forest. I woke with a headache and by the time I wrangled it away I would miss the sunrise. No worries, there was still another day to the weekend.
Sunday did not go as planned. I drove up the winding roads through the foothills of the Adirondacks arriving in Old Forge roughly forty-five minutes before sunrise. At least this time there was no fog (see ‘the best laid plans…‘ from seven years ago). My weather app had predicted partly cloudy. I think I need to ask them exactly what that entails. I was fairly confident the cloud cover would eventually give way to the sun but I wasn’t positive how long that would take. Again, no worries, I’ll be back.
The drive back home did yield me a great autumn image. Along Route 28 there is a bridge over the Moose River. I have always wanted an image of the abandoned building visible from road. With the low water levels in the river and the leaves almost at peak color, I decided to to stop and explore the area even though the sky was still overcast.
This first image is from the end of the steps leading down into the river bed. This side of the river is all but dried up which allowed me to do more up-close inspection than normally would be possible. Not a bad image…
I almost walked back to the car but why was I in a hurry to get back home? There had to be another image here. I walked upstream a little bit and found a pool of water. Ah, time for a reflection. Everyone know me and my reflections. There was no breeze and no movement in the water, this was going to be good. Getting the camera as low as possible on the tripod allowed me to capture both the trees and the clouds in the reflection. OK, an improvement over the first one. Was there more?
From the pool I could see the river before it took its turn and diverted down the other side of the river bed. It appears to be directly across from the building. This is it! This is the reason I stopped. You can see the entire structure. The colors of the leaves are directly behind my subject. More of the everything is reflected in the water. And I found one lone rock to use in the foreground. Yep! This image is what I wanted.
Even though my drive to Old Forge did not end as I expected, I came home with a beautiful autumn image. I came home with an image of a building I had stared at every time I drove North. I came home with a definite keeper. By the way, a little research on the intrawebs and I found this structure is the remains of the McKeever Pulp Mill. From where I was located to capture the last image there was a damn on the river to allow the floating of the logs to the mill. You can see some of the old pictures on the Adirondack Experience website.
I’m glad you showed us the process of getting to that perfect image! Most people don’t realize that images often take some preparation and thought, in conjunction with luck and light. I really like the final version!
Thanks Dawn. This one might be a little more luck than thought but it generally pays to “keep working the scene” to find your image.
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