Icicles & Frozen Waterfalls Photo Tour – January 21, 2012

Icicles, Cuyahoga River Gorge, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Icicles, Cuyahoga River Gorge, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

The Holden Arboretum is sponsoring an Icicles and Frozen Waterfalls Photo Tour in the Cuyahoga Valley area on Saturday, January 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. We’ll meet at the Sheraton Suites Hotel in Cuyahoga Falls, which overlooks the Cuyahoga River Gorge. If the weather conditions are seasonably cold, the cliffs along the gorge will be draped with the finest display of icicles in the Buckeye State. Mineral deposits color the icicles, which can be more than 30 feet long,  in shades of blue, yellow, orange, and brown. An observation bridge and a new boardwalk at Highbridge Glens Park, next to the Sheraton, provide spectacular views of the icicles.

Brandywine Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Brandywine Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Next, we’ll carpool to Blue Hen Falls and Brandywine Falls, two of the most photogenic waterfalls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A short trail provides access to Blue Hen Falls, and a system of boardwalks offers many views of Brandywine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Ohio. We’ll warm up with lunch at the Winking Lizard in nearby Peninsula, or bring your own lunch if you prefer. If the weather cooperates, we’ll complete the photo tour with a visit to the Bedford area to photograph Bridal Veil Falls in Bedford Reservation and Big Falls of Tinker’s Creek in Viaduct Park. A handout with tips on photographing icicles and frozen waterfalls will be sent to you prior to the photo tour, and Ian Adams will provide one-on-one coaching during the day. We’ll meet at Holden Arboretum on Saturday, February 4, from 2:00 – 4:30 pm, for a review/critique of your photos taken during the photo tour.

We’ve had a very balmy winter so far in northeast Ohio, but with luck cold, snowy weather will return during the next few weeks so we can do the photo tour. If not, we will reschedule it for later in the winter. To register, call Vonna Vecchio at Holden Arboretum at (440)-602-3833 or visit Holden’s website at www.holdenarb.org.

Happy New Year, and we hope you enjoy many new photo adventures in 2012!

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