Finally, I have found a scenic spot within just 20 minutes’ drive of our home, and significantly closer to my work. I found it completely unexpectedly.
Last week at work I saw a detailed map of Allen, Texas sitting on a break room table. Its cover featured a picture of a small waterfall going over an old stone wall. I unfolded the map in search of information about the photo, but found nothing.
After painstakingly re-folding the map, I called the local Chamber of Commerce. A nice lady there said, “Hold on a minute,” and then returned to tell me the location. I had a goal for after work.
I wandered sidewalks and trails for about an hour, and somewhere in there I found the spot. My equipment was a cheap, broken tripod and my snapshot digital camera. Besides that, the water was very high and an ugly brown color from recent heavy rains.
The next day I brought in better equipment and headed out for a photo expedition on my lunch hour. I parked in a different spot this time, and after about one minute on the trail I was at the site. For the next 45 minutes I was in the zone that inspired me to take up photography as a hobby.
Mostly pictures follow, with a few comments from me on methods to the madness.
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I learned this trick from my father years ago. It could help a lot back in the days when one might go months before developing a roll of film containing pictures from several places.
The obligatory straight-on shot. Notice how it dips down in the middle.
In this one I’m standing on the chain-link mesh that helps hold together the surrounding rock. I’m also thinking of walking out onto the dam rocks (laid in 1874).
One view from atop the dam. I had pushed those logs out of the “spillway” and they got stuck there.
Here’s my tripod, legs tricked out for the low angle shot above. I wonder how many more years I’ll be able to lean over a setup like this to look through the viewfinder.
And here’s a nice flowing water shot. Note the trees’ warped reflections right at the chute’s opening.
So, there it is, a nearby scenic place with a little bit of history.