The Jewish holidays are finally over and life returns to normal, whatever normal is. Sunday was a day of catching up paying the bills, washing clothes, putting our holiday “things” away for another year. But Richard and I are not so good at “all work and no play!” We are responsible adults, but the child in each of us has to come out and play at times. 🙂 Some weeks ago I read about the Cuyahoga National Forest and the Brandywine Falls. We had hoped to get down during the height of the colorful fall season, but with the holidays and our work schedules, we were unable to take that drive. Tis a pity because Brandywine Falls is only about thirty minutes from where we live. After hours of doing the responsible adult things however, Richard and I decided it was time for a day trip (or in this case, a three-hour trip.) We got a little lost on the way down, but as always, we found ourselves and made it to our destination. We were not disappointed.
At the top of the trail we got our first glimpse of the falls. The sun was shining and the rays sparkled off the water. A person can tell that the falls will be beautiful, but it is not until further on that the hiker see the full beauty of water cascading over jutting rocks into a pool at the base where the Brandywine River continues its course.
The trail leads hikers down the ravine, gradually at first, zig-zagging gently until
reaching the steps that rapidly accelerate the descent to the base of the falls. Many people may miss the beauty of the forest in their haste to reach the bottom which is a real shame. Although the height of the fall colors had passed, there was still quite a bit of colorful foliage. Furthermore, the sun streaming through the stand of trees created a beauty not to be ignored.
As we continued along the trail descending down to the falls, we also passed some interesting rock formations.
Now the full view of Brandywine Falls was coming into view!
There were two landings from which to view the falls, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
We lingered there for a while, chatting with other visitors and simply enjoying the view. On our way back out of the ravine, I saw the stream meandering through the forest, a sight I had not seen before because I was focused on the falls. The interesting thing is that I had no hope of getting a good shot because the sun was too far down in the sky and the shadows in the hollow were too deep. But, being the photographer that I am, I shot photos to my heart’s content anyway ~ one of the perks of the digital age in photography when there is no worry about the cost of film and processing! Any way, back to my story, when I uploaded these photos to my laptop, I was pleasantly surprised. What the photos showed but I had failed to see when shooting, is that the yellows still in the trees reflected on the stream giving it a golden look in parts. Lovely.
Coming back up the trail, the sun was low enough in the sky to create some beautiful silhouettes of the trees (sorta…at least a silhouette of Richard). Here is one sample.
We walked along another peaceful, bucolic trail for a little while.
And then returned along the path that led us into the park, and past the Bed & Breakfast, once a farmhouse, that provided more interesting photo opportunities.
There you have it! Our wonderful afternoon of playing hooky. 🙂 If you are ever interested in visiting, you can google Cuyahoga National Forest, or Brandywine Falls, or the Brandywine Bread & Breakfast, all found in northeastern Ohio, USA. Hope you enjoyed the outing. We sure did 😉
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33 thoughts on “Brandywine Falls on an Autumn Day”
What a wonderful outing! And such a beautiful shot —
Well deserved, well photographed, Cecilia.
Thanks T2T! Now that the holidays are over, and the family drama is settling down, I hope to get back to a more regular schedule of blogging and visiting my blogging buddies! Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be by your place before long. 🙂
Hope your holidays were good. I was still in Sweden then.
What gorgeous photos!!! And you’re so right — I think that’s the biggest perk of digital photography — it’s worry free!
Welcome home, Rebekah. I’ve been keeping up with you in your travels (mostly). I’ll finish the rest of the posts from abroad in the next day or two. Thanks for stopping by. It is good to see you here again. 🙂
Absolutely beautiful, I almost smell the forest and hear the water! So different from my beach and Australian bushland environment that is now coming into summer. What a pleasure to take that journey with you Cecilia 🙂
So glad you could join us! It was a delightful outing and I am happy to share it. The fall colors here are gorgeous, and fortunately they are hanging around a little longer this year. 🙂
Beautiful photos, I love these falls, the rock formations are crazy but my favorite is the golden glow on the steam, an “only in autumn” opportunity. I do love the digital freedom to shoot to our hearts content but it makes choosing the good shots harder.
I agree about choosing the good shots; very difficult. And I’m happy that you like the golden glow on the stream. When I saw it I was delighted….one of those photographic surprises we all love to get. :-)Thanks for stopping by.
What a beautiful setting and stunning photos. Sounds like a lovely day. We all need breaks away from the everyday–more power to you!
Thanks Kathryn. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It was indeed a lovely afternoon. We will continue to take our moments apart whenever we can. It makes life so much more fun and interesting! 🙂
Lovely! Thank you for such joys. Looks like a man’s face in the waterfall photo. The red clay face stands out from the left of the water spray! Cool!
Yes, I like that red clay, too. It really stands out. Glad you noticed it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. I do appreciate it.
Such beautiful photos! Glad you played hooky.
Thanks Theresa. Every once in a while we all need to play hooky. Glad I could share the escapade with all my friends! 🙂 Have a glorious day!
Lovely trek, Cecelia. Thanks for sharing! 😀
Thanks, Nancy! Now that the holidays are behind us and Dad is on the mend, I hope to get back to a more regular blogging schedule. I’ll be by to visit your place soon. Thanks for stopping by. I do appreciate it. 🙂
Thanks for taking me along on your walk, that’s some beautiful country!
Glad you joined us! It was a beautiful day and I am happy to share it with y’all. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.
What a beautiful place. Thanks for the lovely tour 🙂 Judy
Glad you liked it, Judy. Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.
Beautiful, it reminded me of our last trip last weekend.
I am glad you are back to your regular writing/photo blogging routine 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. I just visited the link . . . lovely photos. Reminds me of some places we would visit when we lived in Michigan. 🙂
“so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.” And speak beautifully! Gorgeous pictures Cecelia. What a cool place for you two to play hooky. I am glad you and your husband were able to take in some of Fall’s show.
Thanks! One of the great things about moving to a new to a place, is the interesting and beautiful sights/locations/activities that are waiting to be discovered! I’m glad you like the photos. We will travel back to Brandywine Falls many times, I’m sure. Thanks for stopping by.
Nice photos Cecilia. I love the foliage, especially during autumn.
thanks CG. Glad you enjoyed the photos. It is indeed a beautiful time of the year. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
These are magnificent shots Cecelia. Id love to visit that place soon. … Good day! 🙂
Thanks Elizabeth. This was our first visit but as close as they are to where we live, we will make many visits, I’m sure. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
Gorgeous photos! I also just wanted to say hi! I was going to pass on the Versatile Blogger award to you but I saw you already deservingly received it!
Thank you, Louise. How sweet. Right now I could not have accepted it anyway. My coursework is unreal this quarter (eeek). I feel like I let the last couple of people down when I did not respond to the awards, but they take a lot of work that I cannot invest just now. If you are passing it on to me, then you must have received the award yourself. Congratulations! A well-deserved honor.
what a wonderful outing – thanks for sharing.
your images spoke very well 🙂
Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂