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Bash-Bish! July 30, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

In the southwest corner of my state, where Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York meet, the Taconic Mountains are host to our State’s highest waterfall:  Bash-Bish Falls, tumbling a total of two hundred feet and culminating in twin eighty-foot  falls.

I hit it on a recent weekend, and wasn’t surprised to find nearly a hundred people recreating by the cool water and the thundering falls, even though, as the locals say, “It’s two hours from anywhere and four hours from anywhere important:”


It was indeed pretty, but I wanted pictures of just the Falls, as they might have looked before the people came and rearranged the furniture.

It took a bit of doing, but by maneuvering myself into some, shall we say, “interesting” positions, I was able to get a couple of clear shots, one a straight on portrait:


…and the other taken from below:

BB From Below

I lost the sun before I could get that last shot, but I dug the geometry of the scene nonetheless.

Anyway, hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them!



1. sherry - July 31, 2009

oh wow! thanks, too terrific for words!

2. Bob - July 31, 2009

Ahhhhhh. I feel cooler just looking at those photos.

I’ve spent (no surprise, probably) many, many hours hanging out at similar spots down at t’other end o’ the Appalachians.


3. TheCunningRunt - July 31, 2009

I thought you two would dig it. 🙂

4. Laurie B - July 31, 2009

Just a sometimes responder, great photos. Thanks. I’ll have to haul my butt back up there again sometime soon. It’s been years. Thanks for the GREAT photos.

I know that some of it is the camera, the rest is the photographer. You are very good at that part.

Please catch me up, what camera and lenses, what gizmos? Girlfriend has a birthday around the corner and a new photo toy would be wonderful. Thanks. She has a Nikon SLR with a few lenses but heading to New Zealand and other places. Any thingy I could get for her that you could recommend? Gizmo is your new best photo friend? Seems to be pretty handy most of the time.


5. TheCunningRunt - August 1, 2009

Hi Lauri,

I have Canon stuff, a consumer body and mostly “pro” lenses. Although I don’t do Nikon, their range of toys and features is pretty comparable, so I’ll tell you what I use most.

Gizmo is my 400mm lens, for close-ups of distant snippets and moon shots. And it’s great for wildlife, as long as it’s standing still. It’s expensive and heavy and really needs a tripod, so I don’t use it as much as I thought I might.

I have a Sigma 50mm for macro shots, with an aperture necking down to f45 for decent depth of field when my subject is an inch away, if Girlfriend is into that sort of thing.

My standard lens is a 16-35 wide angle zoom. It’s the best I have for landscapes, and if I had to take only one lens on a trip to NZ, that would be the one – it’s fast and weather-proof and has great glass.

These are all “investments,” rather than things I’d be able to give someone.

Toys which make my birthday list might include a flexible mini-tripod, the kind one can use to plant a camera for self-portraits, or maybe wrap around a railing for a secure, portable mount. $20-$40, more or less.

Or if you’re feeling flush, a right-angle eye-piece can turn macro photography from a grueling contortionist act into a walk in the park. “Hood Man” makes the premier version, but I got a serviceable knock-off for $125.

Let me know if you’re interested in anything in particular, on the off hand that I know something about it (I’m a clueless amateur, but I have a great mentor. 😉 )

6. Pagan Sphinx - August 3, 2009

I remember going there with you (and maybe friends?) many moon ago, in the Fall. It was cool and gorgeous. Your photos make me want to return.

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