Hundreds of waterfalls can be found with easy treks anywhere in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Streams flowing into the lakes cascade down rolling hills covered with hardwood forests of maple, beech, ash, and birch. Many of the streams that flow into the Finger Lakes drop as much as a hundred feet a mile. Streams flowing from the higher surrounding mountains erode deep canyons. Discover the best times to visit and how to find the best photography in my issue #112 - Finger Lakes of New York.
Seven miles north of Truxton, NY are two parking areas, one on either side of Route 91, with a painted crosswalk connecting them. This trailhead is hard to miss. The trail to Tinker’s Falls is a quarter—mile long and follows the Creel Tributary flowing into Labrador Creek. Yellow and red leaves, fallen from the forest above, litter the edges of the stream in October. My favorite spot along the trail is directly across from the first of three wooden benches for hikers using the trail. Because of the low light levels in the forest, I used exposures in the six—second range and did not need an ND filter.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.