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Swirl | by Nature's Gift Photography
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One of the many falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, here with a swirl of leaves caught on long exposure. Ithaca, New York.


When I first decided to go to the northeast US for the fall colors, I decided to "wing it" and let serendipity play itself out. However, when I got there, I decided to seek out water as well as color for my images as well as whatever else I might find along the way. I then stumbled across all these lovely state parks in New York with waterfalls. Buttermilk Falls State Park has one huge fall that was not flowing much at the time (must be a sight in the spring!) and a couple miles of smaller falls like this one many surrounded by carpets of fall color. I had already shot in the area earlier the same day and decided to come back for more. The camera wouldn't autofocus here because it was getting quite dark. I took a few stabs at it manually until I got it and then started shooting away. The leaves in the pool made different patterns every time the image exposed and I anxiously would await the 20 to 30 seconds to see how the next one would come out. It was quite fun in a childlike way and I must have snapped off 20 or more shots until I reeled myself back in. The cosmic swirl in this one is unique and stood out from all the rest.


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Taken on October 14, 2008