October 2, 2012 - The last few months I've been shooting some small lakes at near by Michigan State Parks during cloudy days and I'm starting to develop a wide selection of landscape images. So, please visit my Michigan Lighthouses and Landscapes page.
June 27, 2012 - I went to Ontario to visit some relatives for 3 days, so I also found some time to hike to Hilton falls, Smokey Hollow falls and Darnley cascade. Please visit my Ontario waterfalls page.
June 26, 2012 - I went to Marine City and Harsens Island to take pictures of Victorian style homes, so please visit my Michigan Lighthouses page.
June 3, 2012 - I went to visit the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse and Henderson Castle last week, so please visit my Michigan Lighthouses page.
May 20, 2012 - I went to visit Ludlow and 4 other waterfalls in Ohio two weeks ago, so please visit my updated Ohio Waterfalls page.
April 24, 2012 - I went to the Dow Gardens in Midland Michigan and stopped in Owosso to shoot Curwood Castle, so please visit my Lighthouses page for pictures.
November 18, 2011 - I went on a Michigan fall colors tour to visit Ocqueoc falls and about 5 lighthouses on the coast of Lake Huron. While I was driving on route 68 near Onaway, I hit a DEER for the first time in my life! A few seconds later, I heard a scraping noise as I was driving, so my wife told me to pull over. The deer smashed my right headlight and the fender above my tire. I was able to bend the fender up just enough so it would only scrape my tire if I went over a bump. I continued with my trip and was lucky I didn't have to call a tow truck, so please visit my Michigan waterfalls and lighthouses pages for pictures.
November 7, 2011 - I had a wedding to attend in Toronto Ontario in late September, so I couldn't resist making a stop in Hamilton to visit Felker's and Little Davis falls on the way home. Please visit my Ontario waterfalls page.
November 1, 2011 - I went on a Michigan west coast tour over the Labor Day weekend making stops at Fredrick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, the Hackley and Hume historic homes in Muskegon, Whitehall and Ludington. Fredrick Meijer Gardens has a beautifully designed man made waterfall that was worth photographing. I also visited Lighthouses in Whitehall, Ludington State Park and Pentwater. Unfortunately, the wind and rain was so strong that I decided not to photograph Little Sable in Pentwater. Please visit my Michigan Lighthouses and Landscapes page for pictures.
October 16, 2011 -
summer of 2011, I've started to travel to smaller Michigan towns that are
near the shores of Lake Michigan and Huron mainly because I have a 6 year
old son who loves going to the beach. There's also many wonderful photo
opportunities near the numerous lighthouses through out the state. Sure,
many photographers shoot lighthouses, but I'm also trying to get interesting
compositions and some of the scenic surroundings in the area.
I will never stop shooting waterfalls, but in the future I will start including other subjects on my website like lighthouses, landscapes, rocky and sandy shores, Michigan State Parks and Victorian style houses.
I visited the Port Austin area in August 2011 to photograph Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse and some of the rocky shores of the Lake Huron thumb area. I also wanted to kayak to Turnip Rock, but the person at the canoe rental area told me it's about a 4 hour round trip kayak ride to visit. Anyways, please visit my Michigan Lighthouses page for pictures.
August 25, 2011 - I went to Traverse City Michigan on the 4th of July weekend to take some pictures of the area. There's no waterfalls in the area, but I did get some lighthouse and rocky landscape pictures that I would like to share on my Michigan Lighthouses page.
June 9, 2011 - I went to visit a few waterfalls in Hamilton Ontario since I have relatives in Toronto, so please visit my Ontario waterfalls page and see my new pictures.
April 9, 2011 - I went to Visit Honey Run falls in Howard Ohio and next day I took new pictures of Hocking Hills State park. Please visit my Ohio waterfalls page.
January 8, 2011 - I went to visit Cataract falls in Indiana to see if I could get some snowy waterfall shots at the end of December. Shooting in the winter delivered some mixed results because I certainly got a lot of decent shots at Cataract falls, but McCormick Creek, Little Sisters and Anderson's falls were completely frozen. Please visit my updated Indiana waterfalls page.
January 7, 2011 - I was able to exhibit some of my waterfall photos at the Livonia Public Library Art Gallery (on Five Mile road east of Farmington) for the month of January 2011.
October 30, 2010 - After I took my Michigan and Wisconsin waterfall pictures, I called the Canon technical support center to ask them why my 10-22 3.5-4.5 lens seemed to get softer background images when I was shooting aperture F22. He mainly told me to use lower apertures to let in more light into the lens, so I decided to take a quick visit outside of Cleveland Ohio to shoot some waterfalls in the area with lower F stops. I think I achieved a little bit better results, but I also will be purchasing a 2.8-4.0 lens in the future because it works better at the higher F stops. There's some nice falls in this area, but a lot of people visit them, so unfortunately graffiti and trash is a problem at a few of them. Please visit my Ohio waterfalls page.
October 12, 2010 - I recently toured some waterfalls in Marinette County Wisconsin, but after noticing the high water flow levels, I decided to revisit Baraga county Upper Michigan instead of traveling to the Porcupine Mountains. My Michigan pictures turned out better than the waterfalls I visited in Wisconsin because of the water levels. I also upgraded to a Canon 7D digital SLR, so hopefully I can get even better pictures in the future. Please visit my Michigan and Wisconsin pages.
June 20, 2010 - I visited Rock Glen Falls in Arkona Ontario and it's the closest waterfall to the Metro Detroit area. It took me 2 hours to arrive in the parking lot and it was 120 miles from my house. Please visit my new Rock Glen Falls page.
December 5, 2009 - I'm now selling my waterfall pictures at the www.theredtwig.com Art Gallery in Plymouth Michigan. If you live in the metro Detroit, Wayne or Oakland county Michigan area, please stop by for a visit!
November 9, 2008 - My wife has a close friend that lives near Mount Pocono Pennsylvania, so I toured some of the waterfalls in the area when we visited. We left on October 18 and on the way there, we stopped at Springfield falls near Grove City, which wasn't far from I-80. On day two, I went to Childs Park near the Delaware Water Gap Area. On day three, I visited Resica, Buttermilk and Hawk falls. On day 4, I went to Bear Creek falls, which was dried up. I then visited Seven Tubs Natural Area and Nay Aug falls in Scranton. I was going to visit another waterfall that day, but the directions to it were confusing and it was getting late, so I headed back to our friend's place. On the last day, I decided to revisit Ricketts Glen State park to improve the shots I took a few years ago. When I arrived at the park, I got some fall colors, but the water levels where much lower than when I visited in late May 2006. I didn't take pictures of all 22 falls on the 7.2 mile trail because a lot of them were almost dried up, plus I wanted to get back to my car before it got dark. If you like photography, you can spend a whole day there, but at this time of the year, it was getting dark at about 6:30 PM. I suggest visiting Ricketts Glen in May because the water levels are higher. I just updated the Pennsylvania Waterfalls page.
August 22, 2008 - I updated my Upper Michigan waterfalls gallery page to include photos from my June 2008 tour.
June 30, 2008 - I just got back from a waterfall tour in upper Michigan that I took in mid June. We first visited Jumbo and Duppy falls near Kenton. We then drove to the city of Houghton where Michigan Tech is located to get a hotel. It's an interesting city, so I took some pictures of the Bridge and surrounding area before we went to visit the Hungarian falls. Unfortunately, most of the falls in that area were dried up, so we went to see Wyandote falls next. We tried to find Hogger falls, but we were confused by the directions and the area, so we decided to go to a motel. The next day, we visited Slate River , Quartzite, Black Slate, Lower Silver River and Canyon falls. On Tuesday June 17th, we visited Tioga Creek falls, The Big Bay Lighthouse, Yellow Dog River , the Marquette lighthouse and Reany falls. On the last day, we visited Scott, Horseshoe, Chapel, Mosquito and Miners falls. We also visited Miners Castle before driving back home. Most days were partly cloudy, so I certainly got my share of decent shots!
May 25, 2008 - I recently went to South Carolina to visit Myrtle Beach, but also hiked to a few waterfalls as part of the trip. Since I'm from Michigan, it's about a 15 hour drive to get to Myrtle Beach, so I decided to stay one night in Virginia to visit Cascades and Falls of Dismal. The next day we arrived at the hotel we booked in Myrtle Beach and stayed there for the next 3 days. We then drove about 6 hours to Pickens South Carolina to visit Twin falls before finding a hotel. The next day the weather forecast was sunny with very few clouds, which is a disaster for photographing waterfalls. Since I was on vacation and pressed for time, I visited the following waterfalls: Station Cove, Yellow Branch and Brasstown. The results certainly weren't on the professional level, but I put some of the pictures on my site anyways. After trying to photograph Brasstown falls with the strong sun right above my head, we drove into Georgia to get a hotel near 186 feet high Toccoa falls. After visiting Toccoa falls the next morning, we drove to Minnehaha falls to finish my waterfall tour before heading back to Michigan.
February 23, 2008 - I updated my Upper Michigan and Other Waterfalls galleries in my Pictures Sale section. I also updated my Waterfall Photography page.
January 13, 2008 - If you enjoy shopping online, please help support this site by clicking the merchant banners on the left side of my homepage. Any purchases made go to help supporting this website and will be much appreciated.
November 25, 2007 - I recently added about 83 of my most favorite pictures to my www.flickr.com account under profile id nickp_63 and this address http://www.flickr.com/photos/escapingtoparadise/ . If you have a Flickr account you can make comments on other member's photos. Therefore, if anyone who enjoys my website and already has a Flickr account, don't hesitate to show me your waterfall or landscape photos.
November 5, 2007 - I recently returned from a Michigan Upper peninsula waterfall tour on October 11th. I went there for fall foliage colors, but witnessed fall floods due to excessive rains in September and early October in the UP. Most of the waterfall pictures I took were at excessively high water flows and about 25% of them were done with an umbrella over my camera in a light rain.
The weather for the first three days of our trip was in the high 70's, but for the last 3 days, the temperatures dropped to the high 40's!
The first day driving to the UP, my friend Harry and I visited Pictured Rocks by taking a boat tour for almost three hours. I thought they were going to take us to Spray falls, but one of the captains said they usually just turn around at Chapel rock and return to shore. He said Spray falls was another 15 minutes to reach and they only go there as a bonus if the weather is nice and the waves arenít too high.
The next day we visited waterfalls from the Black River area including Conglomerate, Potawatomi, Gorge, Sandstone, Rainbow, Gabbro and Powderhorn.
It's hard to find the trail to Powderhorn falls, but actually it's just before Powdermill Creek Resort. I followed the trail until I could see a smaller 8 foot upper falls and then saw some ropes tried to some trees to get down by the river for a better view of the main larger falls. However, the water levels in the river were much higher than normal because of the recent hard rains, so I decided not to climb down the rope. It looked like I would have to wade in this rapids like river to get a shot of this falls and I thought it would be too dangerous. If you're pressed for time and want to stay out of danger, I would skip this falls.
When I visited Gabbro falls, I was delighted to see how beautiful it was, but at the same time I was disappointed about the massive water flow I encountered from the recent hard rains. I couldn't use my tripod because the spray from the falls was hard to avoid and the sun was out too. I'll try to get a better slow shutter shot next time the water flow is back to normal.
I didn't get a picture of Rainbow falls the last time I visited the Black river in September of 2005 because it was raining hard. This time I went to the other side of the river to get a better view of the falls, but all I got was this massive flow of water like it was a mini Niagara Falls.
On day three, we went to Lake of the Clouds, then visited the following waterfalls Bonanza, Manabezho, Manido, Nawadaha, and the footbridge river potholes. I couldn't see the potholes because of the tremendous water flow, but you should be able to find some pictures of them doing a Google search for "Presque Isle River Potholes." Here's the disappointing picture I got:
On day four, we visited the following waterfalls: Cascade, Yondota, Kakabika and Bond.
It's not hard to hike to the top of Cascade falls because the trail is less than a mile, but finding a spot to get a clear camera shot in of the front of the falls was the hard part. I was almost going to wade the river to get to the other side, but eventually, I was able to bush whack to a decent spot and setup my tripod for the picture on this site.
On Day five we visited the following waterfalls: O-kun-de-kun, Agate, Tibbets and Scott. The O-kun-de-kun falls trail was flooded the time I went and I almost changed my mind about taking the 1.3 mile hike to see the falls. However, since I'm a waterfall nut, I just walked thru the swap-like trail to see both falls. My Merrill hiking shoes were soaked, but they're made with a mesh like material for walking thru shallow streams. Unfortunately, when we checked into a hotel later that night, my socks were wet and dark brown from all the hiking.
Tibbets falls was difficult to access even after I followed the directions in Penrose's Michigan Waterfalls book. I had to park my car in front of a fallen tree on one of the dirt roads that leads to the trail of the falls. The trail to get to the falls isn't long, but hiking to the spot to get a good picture of the falls requires you to walk a dangerous narrow path and if you slip, you could slide 20 feet down to some large rocks by the river. If you're not an experienced hiker and a safety conscious person, I would advise you to skip visiting this falls.
On the last day of our trip, we drove from our Newberry hotel for about 28 miles to visit upper and lower Tahquamenon Falls. They were still offering boat rentals in the lower falls area for only 6 dollars, so we rowed our way to island to get some close up shots of the four lower falls. After the fun was over, we drove home.
My most recent pictures are now on my website and you can view them here: Upper Michigan waterfalls
August 11, 2007 - My Useful Links page has really grown in the past 4 months. In an effort to attract more visitors to my site, my recent link swapping with other sites has really paid off. When I combine the months of February and March 2007, I had a total 3184 visits to this site. Last month in July alone, I had 3800 visits on my site. Some visitors are already viewing my Art & Photography and Outdoors links pages. The travel links do have some decent Michigan related sites on it. The directories page is good if you have a website and you're looking promote it on a smaller directory that will list it for free as long as you put their site URL on your own links page. Link popularity is an important factor in showing up in Google keyword search results. I don't go on waterfall tours every month, so feel free to browse my growing useful links section because there's a lot of other decent nature photography related sites on those pages.
May 20, 2007 - I've decided to remove the hit counter from my website because the visitor statistics were much lower than what was shown in my Lunarpages web stats report. It seems like each time I would update my website with a new link exchange, it would keep resetting the hit counter back to zero or to what it was the last time updated my site. According to the Lunarpages web stats for my site, I've had about 10,000 visitors in 2007 alone and that's much higher than the 7188 number that was on my hit counter from when my site began in January of 2006. I'm not sure what to believe and don't want to waste any more time troubleshooting the issue.
February 11, 2007 - Since investing in mutual funds is one of my hobbies and it's a way I help finance my trips to visit waterfalls, I thought it would be helpful to others who want to learn more about this subject if I wrote about my investment experience. I think investing in mutual funds is a good way to create wealth over the long term for your children's education, retirement and have that extra money to travel. Click on the link below:
January 5, 2007 - Now I'm starting to get comments in my public guestbook, but it's all SPAM! My guestbook is for feedback about my website, not for links to adult content webcams or other non-waterfall related advertisements! I will erase all SPAM from my guestbook log files on the server and if it continues to be a problem, I will remove the public guestbook feature from my site. I put in a lot of work into learning how to photograph waterfalls and putting this website together, so please do not disrespect my efforts.
December 30, 2006 - I was having problems with my public guestbook working after I changed some words on the page and when I republished my website, it erased the 5 entries I had after a few weeks of having it up. It seems to be working now, so please leave some comments if you enjoyed my site or if you have suggestions for improvement. It would be nice to know what state my visitors are from.
October 14 - 18, 2006 - I was thinking about going to another state for fall foliage because the weather channel website said Michigan's UP was past peak, but I went there anyways. I first stopped at Scott falls since it's right off the road on M-28 before I went to L'Anse on October 14. The Baraga county area got hit with about 6 inches of snow! I went to see Falls River and Canyon falls, but I didn't want to hike very far because of all the snow covering the trails. I tried to hike to Gomanche falls, but I couldn't see the trails with all the snow and I think I was on private property, so I just went back to my car after walking thru the snow for about 30 minutes. I then went to Canyon falls and managed to see the main one, but skipped the other two because of the snow.
I figured I would skip the Silver falls area because of the snow and then drove to Black River falls on my way back to Marquette .
I then checked into the Days Inn and drove to Alder falls the next morning near Big Bay . It was a pain in the ass trying to find that one, but once I found that forked dirt road, I just bushwhacked my way to the falls when I heard it from the dirt road.
I then went to Dead River falls and thought that was a real cool area to take waterfall pictures! Just as soon as I was done, it started raining, so I went to the shopping mall in Marquette with Menards and Gander Mountain . The next day it was raining again, so I drove to Laughing Whitefish falls to redo some bad shots I took in the sun a few years ago. I had to put an umbrella over my camera, but the pictures seemed to come out ok. I did the same thing on the muddy trail to Rock River, then the rain seemed to stop at Silver Bell falls.
I never hiked to Tannery falls, so I went there next and got stuck in mud when I misread the trail to the falls. I eventually saw the right trail to the waterfall, so I went up a hill in the mud and finally got to the falls. It's a pretty area and on the way back I saw some small ribbons tied to some branches near the sign for the falls and noticed the correct trail I should have taken. When I started walking to cross H-58 to get back to my car, I accidentally slipped on the wooden bridge above the drainage ditch and fell on the side of my butt because of the mud on my shoes! A few days later, it looked like I got hit in the ass with a 97 mile an hour Roger Clemons fastball!
Since Munising falls, Wagner falls and Alger falls are very accessible, I took more pictures of them. I also took pictures of Sable falls and Ocqueoc Falls in the Lower Peninsula while I drove back home on Wednesday October 18th.
I think I got some real good shots on this trip since I made sure my Aperture was at F22 and my shutter speed was slower than I used to shoot at.
May 27 - 31, 2006 - Visited Bushkill falls, Dingmans falls, Raymondskill falls, Shohola falls and the waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park.