Arethusa Falls is often listed as the tallest waterfall in NH, or in New England. Actually, this is incorrect in both cases, but it is fairly tall for the region nonetheless. When I visited this waterfall for this shot, the whole White Mountains area had been devastated by Hurricane Irene. The high flow here is not from Irene, but there were many uprooted trees that were. Normally this waterfall is only about half the width seen here. This shot was planned to get some nice fall colors as well.
This year I was finally able to capture the shot of this majestic waterfall I have wanted for a long time. Waders allowed me to get in up to my waist, and the sun had not yet touched the falls.
This is the most dramatic waterfall in the state of Massachusetts. It is right up against the border with New York, and there is even a parking lot across the border. However, all reputable sources I've found state that the falls itself is in MA. Autumn is definitely a good time to come here, as there are maples overhanging the cliffs.
Widely considered Massachusetts' most well-known and visually stunning waterfall, Bash Bish Falls is located right on the border of the state with NY. The water curls around a dramatic rocky spire before plunging into a deep pool. This shot was taken in the height of Autumn foliage season.
Bash Bish Falls is widely known as Massachusetts most spectacular waterfall, located right on the border of NY state. This black and white image draws attention to the dramatic lighting and textures.
Bears Den, located in an obscure spot just north of the Quabbin Reservoir, has one of the finest spiraling pools I've seen.
This is the left half of the waterfall. It's pretty small as waterfalls go (about 5 ft) but I found the area very scenic, especially in the very early light of day when I shot here.
Bemis Brook Falls is a series of small waterfalls in a row. For this image, I was precariously perched over the bottom falls.
Buttermilk Falls is an impressive waterfall in Ithaca, NY. Above the waterfall itself is a gorge containing numerous cascades and interesting rounded pot-holes. This is shot from in that area. I made use of converging lines in this composition.
One of the many beautiful scenes in the gorge and cascades above Buttermilk Falls. With a scene like this, it is hard to believe downtown area of Ithaca is only a mile away.
A square-format image of a slender cascade in a sculpted section of the gorge above Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca, NY.
The Cascadilla Gorge is right near downtown Ithaca, running roughly parallel to the gorge that Ithaca Falls is in. While it may not have any waterfalls as massive as Ithaca Falls, it does have some beautiful cascades like this.
This is a pretty nice waterfall found on the way up the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch. There are 3 noteworthy waterfalls on this trail, with this one being the last and best. There are a lot of people on this trail on a typical summer weekend day, so it may take some patience to get a shot without any in it, as the trail goes up the left side visible in this shot.
Although the larger falls is upstream, this small cascade tumbles over a really unique terraced horseshoe-shaped ledge.
A fantastic waterfall, Crystal Cascade is located a short hike up from Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, on the trail to Tuckerman Ravine.
Crystal Cascade, located in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.
This is one of the most beautiful places I've been to in Massachusetts. It's in the hilly area of northern Royalston. Below this the river runs in a steep-walled gorge and thus there aren't many angles to view this from. Fortunately, this view is quite ideal. There is a 4th section to the waterfall located further downstream.
This is the impressive 4th section of Doanes Falls, located in Royalston, MA. In order to shoot the waterfall from this vantage point, it is necessary to climb down a steep ravine and jump down 10 ft to a big flat rock.
A new take on a shot from a couple years ago, showing the uppermost tier of Doanes Falls in Royalston, MA.
A view downstream of the second tier of Doanes Falls, which is visible just around the corner. Some new processing techniques were used for this image.
Erebus Falls is the middle of a set of three waterfalls known as Triple Falls. This semi-obscure location is on a brook on the northeast slope of Mount Madison. The other two falls are interesting but do not photograph as well as this one. For this shot, I climbed down into the gorge in order to place the waterfall below the fallen logs.
My favorite waterfall in Southern NH. This view shows the central portion of the waterfall.
Garwin Falls is my favorite waterfall in Southern NH. This view was taken from within a deep pool below the falls, showing the full size and complexity of the waterfall, along with color autumn leaves overhead.
Glen Ellis Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is a short, though steep, walk from a parking area just south of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Due to extreme spray, it is nearly impossible to get a good image from the base, but this view from higher up does exist with a little scrambling effort.
Haley Brook Falls is a rather pretty and secluded waterfall in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts. It is actually a little taller than it looks in this image. I composed the image to take advantage of the pool full of swirling leaves.
Hitchcock Falls is a complex cascade over a jumbled pile of boulders on Bumpus Brook, a stream that comes off the north side of Mount Madison in New Hampshire. There are several other waterfalls on this brook but I wasn't able to get satisfactory shots of those.
Above the main waterfall, there is a beautiful gorge of carved rock and pools. This view showed what I consider to be the most stunning view in the whole place.
Honey Hollow is a beautiful gorge that ends with a two-tiered waterfall. It is especially lovely with the Autumn leaves strewn about the rocks.
Ithaca Falls is a massive waterfall featuring hundreds of tiered layers that the water cascades over. Even in low water levels, there will be a lot of water going over this one. This shot, however, is of a very tiny part of the falls.
Kinsman Falls is in a small ravine where the rock drops off suddenly. I visited this in autumn which gave some nice colors above the falls. The thing I really like about this waterfall is the way the water hits a rock on the way down and spreads out into a wide fan. At the time I captured this, I was lucky to get a beam of light crossing that fan.
Liberty Gorge Cascades is in the Flume Gorge area in Franconia Notch. Unfortunately, there is only a single viewing area and going off-trail is not allowed. As a result, every shot of this waterfall will look like this, with the only differences being the focal length and camera settings chosen.
Lower Purgatory Falls is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in New England I've visited recently. The height of the waterfall is not all that much, but it's a violent torrent, and the rock around it is interesting as well. I set up here to use the cascades exiting the pool below the falls as a foreground. This will definitely be one to return to another day.
Lower Purgatory Falls is an unusually-shaped cascade. Fallen autumn leaves make for a brilliant punch of color.
Waterfall and Covered Bridge, located in Charlemont, MA. This one is a little tricky to climb into. The sun was just barely rising allowing for a long exposure and very even lighting.
Mossy Glen is a series of pretty cascades in New Hampshire near the northern Presidential Range.
Parker Brook Falls in Western MA. This waterfall is dwarfed by the much larger Tannery Falls, which is on a separate brook to the right. However, it has its own charm and is well worth giving some attention if you happen to visit the area.
Pulpit Falls is a small but elegant waterfall right on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, near where both meet Vermont.
This is one of the most dramatic and impressive waterfalls I've found in Massachusetts. The shape is very conducive to photographic composition.
Race Brook Falls is a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall in western Massachusetts. This shot is of the lowest section.
Race Brook Falls is a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall in western Massachusetts. This image is of the 2nd falls going up from the bottom. There are additional smaller waterfalls above this that I have not visited.
Ripley Falls is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in New Hampshire.
This is a pretty interesting waterfall on the slopes of Mt Toby, north of Amherst, MA. One of the mossiest waterfalls I've seen in MA.
This is a tricky waterfall to get to. Rocky Glen Falls is actually composed of two separate waterfalls. The lower one is encountered just off the trail, but it's difficult to find a spot to compose a shot because of a very deep pool bordered by high rock walls. This is the upper one, which is hard to get to. You must follow the trail up, cross a wooden bridge, and bushwack down the other side of the brook.
This impressive gorge had some of the best Autumn color I saw during the trip it was a part of, and I was quite lucky there were no people here.
Rocky Gorge is not a place I recommend going during the foliage season. It is located right off the Kancamangus Highway in the White Mountains, making it an easy stop for anyone. When I was here, there were probably over a hundred people wandering around. It took very careful framing, a lot of patience, and a little bit of Photoshop cloning to remove all the stragglers and present only the natural setting seen above.
Rollo Falls is an obscure waterfall in the Northern White Mountains area. Although small, it is quite pretty.
One of the more impressive waterfalls in Massachusetts. However, it's very difficult to get to. It is located in a deep, high-walled gorge, which itself is in the bottom of a wide ravine. There is one sketchy slope that gives access to the gorge where you can really see the waterfall clearly.
The tallest waterfall in Royalston, MA, from a very precarious position.
Senter Falls is a scenic cascade down a hillside ravine. This shot was captured when the autumn leaves had begun falling.
Senter Falls is a long series of cascades and small waterfalls running down a gorge in southern NH. This is an image from some cascades at the bottom, where I felt the dappled sunlight worked well with the image. I will have to return another time when the sun is not out to capture the other waterfalls here.
This covered bridge (pedestrian use only) is part of the Flume Gorge area that has a number of beautiful sights. The bridge crosses the Pemigewassett River just upstream of a deep pond called The Pool, also visible here. Unfortunately, you can't wander freely here, so composition choices are limited.
Sheeps Hole is barely qualifiable as a waterfall, but it was an interesting torrent with the flood conditions I encountered. This is a little-known location in northern Vermont.
I have shot this before, years ago, but it did not come out well that time. Silver Cascade is one the most easily accessible waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains area. It is in Crawford Notch right off Rt 302.
Above the mighty Tama Falls, the trail cuts across Snyder Brook. I caught some nice light and fall color here.
Above the mighty Tama Falls, the trail cuts across Snyder Brook. This view looks downstream with some impressive cascades in the brook.
Spirit Falls is a steep cascading waterfall deep in the woods of Royalston, MA. This is the main section of the waterfall.
Just upstream from the main falls, there are several smaller drops, such as this one. I found this area to be more photogenic than the main waterfall.
The highest part of the series of cascades that make up Spirit Falls, in Royalston, MA.
Tama Falls is the most impressive waterfall along Snyder Brook. This unique view shows the elegant falls with moss-covered rocks in the foreground.
Tannery Falls in western MA. It is undoubtedly one of the most impressive waterfalls in the state, but it is also quite difficult to reach. The roads here are downright awful. Oh well, that means you get to have the place mostly to yourself.
Here's a classic view of one of the northeast's most impressive waterfalls. Sometimes it is claimed that this is the highest waterfall in the region, but this is not true. However, it may be the highest freefall plunge. This was shot just before sunrise (with the sun behind me and slightly to the left), to use the soft ambient light to illuminate the autumn foliage.
A few at the base of the mighty Taughannock Falls. Well, usually it is mighty. The water flow at the time I was here was pretty weak, so it's been reduced to just a thin ribbon. The autumn leaves collected naturally in the arrangement seen here. Shot shortly after sunrise. A little while later, the direct sunlight began to hit the top and would have been too bright.
Sometimes you come across an unexpected scene that you realize you have to shoot. As I was leaving the base of Taughannock Falls, I noticed the gorge lit by the sun which had just risen, reflected in a slow moving stretch of the outflow from the waterfall.
This is one of the more interesting geological/water features in the White Mountains. It's located an easy walk away from Rt 93, which means that there are typically a lot of people here. Fortunately, they don't allow free wandering of the place, so if you're standing in the general viewing area, you can get a shot without people unless someone is breaking the rules. As for the scene, the water has spun rocks around and around in a circle to carve out a smooth inverted bowl shape.
This is one of the most remote waterfalls in the White Mountains. It requires a day of hiking to reach from any direction, so you have to camp out in the woods (preferably at the established tent site not far away).
Thompson Falls, near Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire
An unconventional side view of Thompson Falls in New Hampshire.
This waterfall is located in the general area I grew up in, which is interesting because I did not know about it until a few days before getting this shot. I find that the structure of the waterfall makes it far more interesting than it's low height would suggest.
Trap Falls, in Willard Brook State Park. It's hot a huge waterfall, but very unique and pretty.
I have shot this small attractive falls during summer weather but it's a great place in the winter as well.
This attractive waterfall in southern New Hampshire dries up a bit during the summer, but in early summer it is quite beautiful. This shot also demonstrates that you can break the rule about shooting waterfalls on a sunny day if you are very careful about what you are doing.
A view of the left waterfall at Twin Cascade. This is in Massachusetts. It takes a bit of a hike to get to, and it's not well-marked. I didn't see a single other person at the waterfall or the trail to it.
A wide view of the left waterfall and the surrounding Autumn foliage. This was probably one of the most beautiful scenes in New England I have ever witnessed.
The distinctive stairs of the right waterfall. It's hard to believe you get two great waterfalls right next to each other, dropping into the same pool.
This view shows the small flume at the bottom after the pair of waterfalls connect into one brook. The water here was ice-cold, and I really need to invest in some waders.
This unnamed waterfall is on Rt 30, north of Brattleboro, VT. I was looking for another waterfall at the time and came across this beauty. It is possible it is a seasonal waterfall, which might explain why it is not named. It had been raining the days prior to this shot.
Normally a much larger flow, Upper Purgatory Falls is still an impressive tumble into a deep gorge. I choose to use the newly-fallen autumn leaves as a foreground element here.
Watkins Glen is a fantastic location for photography. There are many gorges in the area around Ithaca that are beautiful, but Watkins Glen itself seems to have the longest stretch of narrow, high-walled gorge. This is Cavern Cascade, one of the tallest waterfalls in the gorge.
This is probably the most iconic view in Watkins Glen, showing Rainbow Falls coming on the left into the gorge. This place can be very crowded in the day, and it can be difficult to get a shot like this without people in the shot.
A shot looking down at Whittier Falls during a warm winter day with fog. This waterfall is located in the Castle in the Clouds area of New Hampshire.