Pixley Falls State Park
I wasn’t in the work mode yesterday so I decided to take the day off. No plans, wasn’t “feeling it” I guess. The weather was not supposed to be all that great (it lived up to the expectations), but I thought there might be a chance for me to get out for a few pictures. I spent most of the morning curled up in my chair with a book.
In the afternoon Mother Nature kept teasing me with glimpses of the sun and at one point I swear I saw a patch of blue sky. Around 1:30pm it looked like the rain might hold off for a little while so I drove up to Pixley Falls State Park to explore. It is a twenty minute drive to the park and I was doubting my decision the whole way. I knew the main falls would have too much water for a good image but I was hoping the tributaries would offer up a few opportunities.
There was a lot of mist coming off the waterfall directly at my normal location for an image. I was able to get a look of the volume of water from a vantage point downstream. No clear view but this does convey the ferocity of the water during the spring runoff.
Luckily, the side tributaries did have what I was looking to capture. Normally, during the summer and autumn months there is barely more than a trickle. It was good to see some water working its way down the cascades. I need to continue exploring this park, especially as the winter landscape migrates toward spring…
Love the spring run image!
This section is usually a trickle in the summer so I was happy to see some water flowing down.
I just put this on my list of waterfalls to visit this year! What is the best time of day to visit this park?
This one is tough, the falls face south so are in the sun most of the day. This is definitely an overcast day waterfall. I like mid-morning to give the sun (if it is out) time to crest the hills and provide light for the tributaries. Late afternoon works but by 2 hours before sunset you start to loose the sun to the hills to the west.