Over this past weekend, 26 – 28 April, several club members made a trip west to Hendersonville to photograph some of the many waterfalls in North Carolina. On the trip were Tom McCabe, Mike Carter, Rick Meyer, Judy Hills, Rosemary Osterhus, Janice Arthur, Mike McCulley, Robert Hendricks, and Alan Welch. We met up at the Best Western in Hendersonville Friday evening, where we met with local photographer Chuck Hill for a trip to Jump Off Rock to photograph the sunset. The weather, however, was uncooperative, and we know the sun did ultimately set, the overcast prevented us from anything spectacular. None the less, it was fun to meet with Chuck, and create the images anyway. See Tom McCabe’s Gallery for some images from the weekend.
Saturday morning we met for a run to the ranger at the entrance to the DuPont State Forest. We received the code to enter the forest area for later in the day and headed down the road for the trek to Hooker Falls. This fall is a short walk from the parking lot, not very strenuous, and the fall was readily accessible.
From there we headed to Triple Falls, where the trek up was much more strenuous. The trail was very steep and, though the climb wasn’t too high, it did become extremely difficult at times. The view from near the top of the trail opened to see all three levels of Triple Falls. Climbing down a long staircase took us to the top of the lower fall. The folks from LL Bean were doing a catalogue shoot there, but told us not to worry, they would shoot around us. We didn’t get in the way, nor did they interfere with us. Then the climb back up.
From Triple Falls we went back to the DuPont State Forest and Lake Julia. There are some older, abandoned buildings back in the woods around the lake, and these made for some compelling photography. Of special note was an old boathouse that sat out into the lake just off shore. . While were there rain came in and as the rainfall became heavier we called it a day and went back to the hotel.
Sunday morning we went to the very secluded Poinsett Bridge in Traveler’s Rest, SC. The rain was quite heavy off and on, but we shot anyway. Poinsett Bridge was built in 1820 and spans Little Gap Creek, and was a part of the roadway from the coast to the settlements in the mountains. The bridge was named for Joel R. Poinsett, who was the South Carolina Director of Public Works at the time, and introduced the poinsettia flower to the US from Mexico.
For those who went on this trip it was a great time. For those who didn’t you missed a great time and we hope to do it again soon.