Last August we spent a week and a half traveling in Europe, starting in Italy, then to Switzerland, and finally finishing in France. We decided to spend our 4 days in Switzerland staying in the Bernese Oberland region instead of moving from place to place so that we could minimize our time sitting on trains (though the Swiss train system is excellent) and maximize our time out on the trails enjoying the incredible beauty of the region. We arrived in Lauterbrunnen, a small village down in the valley with the peaks of the Swiss Alps rising up above on either side. The high cliffs on either side of the valley were covered with many waterfalls and the grass and other plants in the valley were extremely green. We hadn’t walked more than a minute from the train station (dragging our overly heavy luggage, also seen in the picture) when we had to stop and take in the picturesque view; the charming buildings of the main street of the town with the cliff rising sharply from the valley below, a waterfall plummeting down the face of the cliff. Photos just can’t capture how awe inspiring the landscape in the region is but that didn’t stop me from trying.
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I’ve always been a big fan of waterfalls. This waterfall is located just outside Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Unlike the much more well known Dunn’s River Falls, Blue Hole isn’t overrun by tourists. There’s nothing but a couple beautiful waterfalls, a trail through the woods connecting them, and a handful of locals hanging out who are more than willing to act as your guides. As the name suggests the water is a wonderful shade of blue which is enhanced by the surrounding natural beauty.
Jumping From The Falls
The first thing we saw when we arrived at the main waterfall of Blue Hole was one of the locals running down the waterfall and diving into the pool below. It was a crazy sight, I had never seen anyone do something like that in person before. Ten minutes later, with the help of one of the locals, I was jumping myself, not quite as quickly or as gracefully but it was still a rush. That video isn’t very exciting, so instead the video below is of the locals diving in. Even watching it now, the video looks crazy.
Close To Home
It’s easy to look at all of the photos that are posted on the internet and feel like there just aren’t great photo opportunities near where you are like there are in New Zealand, Iceland, Switzerland, Hawaii, etc., etc., etc. While I love traveling and the great photographic opportunities it provides, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of great photographic opportunities close to home, probably some that have been hiding close to home that you’ve never known about. So, the next time you’re looking at a photographer’s blog and wishing you could travel to wherever their pictures are from, don’t forget that there are plenty of great photographs to be taken wherever you are, you just need to find them.
The photo below was taken at Copper Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin this past September. It is a perfect example of the above paragraph, I had lived within two hours of this state park for 25 years and never visited the park. The park provided great hiking trails, some wonderful photo opportunities, and they were having an open house so there was even free apple cider and cookies. As you can see from the photo, we visited the park about a week before the fall colors hit their peak but there was still enough color to make everything look nice. I used a longer exposure (1/10 sec.) since I love the look it gives waterfalls, might have tried an even longer exposure but there was not a good place near the river to set up a tripod.