SLB Photography
Youghiogheny River

A walk along the Yough – Ohiopyle State Park

Motivation is a curious thing, comes and goes. Can be pushed in either direction. We can be motivated by the simpilest things or the challenge of the most difficult things. We can be motivated by people we know and love, we can be motivated by pure strangers, or we can be motivated by ourselves. Funny how that works. I haven’t be able to find motivation in a while. Stresses of life build up and take over. When this happens it’s easy to pour myself into making photo’s. Then again when someone put’s so much effort into something, even something to channel the bad feelings away, they sometimes get burned out. Anyway what I’m trying to say is I think I had photographer’s block. The important thing is to still get out there and make photo’s. Explore new places. Work with different subjects. A little change of scenery!

Well I got my scenery change in the form of a camping trip not in Allegheny National Forest. What!?!?! That’s unheard of! We woke up the first morning to crisp morning air, sunshine, and chirping birds. Once camp coffee was made and a sufficient breakfast we pulled out the map. The plan was to hike from our camp site to the Cascades on Meadow Run Trail. We would take Great Gorge Trail and connect with Meadow Run where it meets at Cucumber Falls. Meadow Run meanders along side the Youghigeny river and that’s were we decided to stop and have a snack. We were able to relax on some boulders right next to the river and watch the kayaker’s make their way downstream through the rapids. By this time the sun was out in full force. It was a beautiful day for a hike and we were in the middle of a great one! I was fascinated by the light and shadow on the river. How it brought out the boulders and the trees at the same time. I found so many new spots that I can’t wait to go back to in the winter to check out the ice formations! We continued on our way, it was so hard to not stop every 10 steps to photograph the river, boulders and the light. We stopped several more times as we made our way to the Cascades.

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