Viewpoints – My {Looking Glass and Moore Cove Falls} View

Not long ago I ordered a map that shows over 300 waterfalls located in and around the area in which I live.  It’s a terrific map.  The author not only pinpoints the waterfall, but rates the trail AND the waterfall itself.  He gives you hiking directions and tells you the length of the trail and whether it’s easy or difficult.  He rates the waterfall in a scale from 1 to 10 for it’s “beauty” rating, letting you know whether is worth the trip or not.

I’ve been study the map in preparation for when this winter season is over.  I’m anxious to get out there and visit some of these falls that I have never seen or even heard about.

The parkway is closed for the winter, so for now I can practice on a couple waterfalls that are pretty easy to get to regardless of the weather, Looking Glass Falls and Moore Cove Falls.

Looking Glass is probably the most popular and most photographed waterfall in the area.  Located in the Pisgah National Forest, it’s easy to get to and not very far from the town of Brevard.  Our area saw an abundance of rain about a month ago, so I thought the water flow would be really nice…and actually it was a little too nice.  The rushing water made it a little difficult to photograph properly because I couldn’t go further than platform, but I still love it.  I really needed to back up a bit, but since where I needed to be was flooded that wasn’t an option.  It just means I’ll have to go back soon.  🙂

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Moving on from Looking Glass Falls, I traveled up the road a bit and stopped along the side of the road to photograph some of the river that runs to the falls.  Plenty of rain made photographing the river pretty awesome though.

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Continuing up the road, I parked in the area leading to Moore Cove Falls.  If I’ve ever been to these falls I can’t remember, but considering how long I’ve lived here and how many trips we would take into the Pisgah National Forest for picnics and such, and the fact that it’s only a half a mile or so up the road from Looking Glass Falls, it’s pretty amazing I’ve never been.  The trail is easy and is only 3/4 mile long.  I actually went back there 2 different days.  The first time I went there were a lot of people and since you can walk under the falls, well, that’s where the people were most of the time.  Not too good when you are trying to photography just the falls, but I got a couple shots by clicking just at the right time as you see below.

I understand typically this fall doesn’t have a great flow, but on my first visit, it was right after the mega rain, and it was flowing beautifully!

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The second time I visited, the flow wasn’t as strong, but still very beautiful.

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I even tried a black and white conversion on this image.

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I’m already studying my map for the next waterfall trip.  Is it spring yet???

Viewpoints is collective blog consisting of members who love landscape photography. This month is no exception to the beauty that surrounds us in this world. My very talented friend Nadeen from Nadeen Flynn Photography is next in line. Follow the circle around to see her view this month.

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  • Addie - I just LOVE these, Kathy! Slow shutter work is becoming a favorite of mine. You are so lucky to have such beautiful waterfalls close to home!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - Kathy! These are incredible! I love your slow shutter speeds and the softness of the water contrasted against the rock! So soothing! How great that you have a book pinpointing waterfalls! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - What incredible images! Love this project. It makes me wonder if there is a waterfall map for my extended area.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - Ooh, I need that map! And I really love the second trip to Moore Cove! The wispy look is spectacular!ReplyCancel

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