Diary from Pittsburgh – Point of View Park

We had some amazing sunrise and sunset during July 4th Weekend. I must say after such a long time I have seen such a great sunrise. I reach the Point of View Park which is on the edge of Mt. Washington (Grandview Avenue at Sweetbriar Street) one hour prior to sunrise. I also use my GoPro to capture the sunrise on timelapse. All these images are digitally blended from multi-exposure images. I used Canon EOS 6D body, Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8L lens and Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter to capture these images.

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Some more images from this spot on some other day:

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you can see the timelapse version on my YouTube Channel:

Sunset at Lake Erie

On a sunny summer weekend I have decided to drive towards North Western Pennsylvania, destination unknown. I was trying to get some good sunset. Western Pennsylvania has three large lakes, Lake Arthur, Pymatuning lake and Lake Erie. I been to Lake Arthur and Pymatuning lake before. But never been to Lake Erie during sunset time. After driving 2 hrs 30 mins from Pittsburgh I reached Presque Isle. Presque Isle is an arching sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie. I reached Presque Isle around 6 PM and I have to wait another 2 hrs for sunset.
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Perry Monument on Presque Isle

After spending some times on The Perry Monument on Presque Isle, I am off to the beach side. It has 13 beaches for swimming and a marina. Below images is my personal favorite which I have taken at beach 7.

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Once I reached in the beach I could hardly see any clouds. Without clouds suset won’t be dramatic. But luckily I got some clouds during sunset.

Trip to Allegheny National Forest (Part II)

….continued from my last post “Trip to Allegheny National Forest (Part I)“. So We spent the night on a motel in Benezette Township, Elk County. The motel was a small one but pretty cozy and it costs us $30 per room. According to the 2000 census Benezette’s human population was estimated at 227 people, which by many estimates is a fraction of the Elk population in the area. After some good homestyle breakfast we started our day.

The first destination of the day was Elk County Visitor Center. The main purpose of visiting the center to see some Elks. But unfortunately couldn’t see the Elk, rather a found a chipmunk. As I was pointing my camera towards him, he was started giving some nice pose…lol
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From Elk County Visitor center we headed to Bucktail view point. Now its important that while driving to Bucktail view the cell phone are non functional here. So we are communication with each other with wireless set. On other hand the roads are unprotected and dangerous. I like drive on such roads, they are fun. After driving almost 45 mins or so on such uneven roads we finally reached Bukctail view point and from there you can see some amazing views of the vistas. The sky was little overcast and it was almost noon. I really hate taking photos on such conditions.

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I would like to mention that we have seen a lot of natural spring water inside ANF. Believe me spring water is so sweet and tasty. never tried it before. So My friend Kevin loaded his truck with few spring water jugs and we never felt the shortage of water. So, from Bucktail view point we headed to some unknown destination in search of water falls. Infect we lost few times. We found one small water fall right across the road. Its a small one but nice one.
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To be honest I have no idea about the location of the above water falls. The same story for the below one. But its somewhere in Quehanna wild area.

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Finally we got to see some Elk while returing back to St. Mary via Elk state forest. The Elk’s were standing right across the road and few of them were crossing the road very easily. I can’t stop myself to get the camera and capture them.

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Thank you very much and have a nice weekend ahead.

Butter Milk Falls…

For today’s post I am heading to Western Pennsylvania and I will be sharing with you Butter Milk falls in Beaver County. As legend goes, the falls were named in the Civil War era when the train stopped in Homewood Junction and a group of young folks went for a picnic at the falls. They toasted to Buttermilk Falls, and the falls have been known that way ever since.

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Buttermilk Falls is a 35′ plunge on Clark Run in Homewood Pennsylvania. The area is geologically recognized as home to Homewood Sandstone used locally in bridge piers, tunnels, roadways and in the construction of Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh.

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There is a railroad above the falls, and the gorge below the falls was used as a quarry. You can see evidence of the holes they drilled to remove blocks of stone. But despite all that, it is still a pretty waterfall, and very easy to visit. This is a classic plunge waterfall, and you can easily walk behind it without getting wet.

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Cucumber Falls….

As My last post was on Fallingwater, So today’s post I am heading to Cucumber falls and its picnic area in Ohiopyle state park. With its 30 foot drop and gorgeous ravine, it is no wonder that many visitors to Ohiopyle put Cucumber Falls on their ‘must-see’ list. As you get close to Cucumber Falls the mist from the waterfall makes everything wet..and slippery.

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Another great place to see near to this falls is Cucumber falls picnic area. A nice isolated area covered by dense woods. Great place for hiking and photography. Below is one of the stream in the Cucumber falls picnic area which carries normally very less water. I like the low POV here.

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Once again Thank you all who visited my blog. I really appreciate all your like and comments.