<< Previous Next >>

Otter Creek Falls

Otter Creek Falls
Photo Information
Copyright: Donna Rasmussen (captainsgirl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 862 W: 47 N: 1539] (7132)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon REBEL XTi, 300mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 5:27
Viewed: 1917
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yep, its me, I'm back like a bad penny, just can't seem to get rid of me. Its not like I haven't been taking photographs and I still love taking photographs but it seems since moving to Vermont my life has become much busier ( or is it because I've entered the world of facebook and twitter???!!)

This photo was taken on a journey we made to pick up my son and his wife after they made a journey hiking a section of the long trail in Vermont. We stopped here to have a picnic lunch and oh what a great spot for a picnic!

Otter Creek, a north-flowing stream, runs about 90 miles through the State of Vermont. It's most spectacular feature occurs exactly in the center of the town of Middlebury - this large waterfall. South Main Street crosses at this point on the historic stone triple-arch Battell bridge. The riverbed, right up to the edge of the falls is mostly white marble, visible in late summer when the river is low - in fact, this area was the first quarrying site that spawned the Vermont marble industry. (The area east of the falls is still known locally as the marble works.) The area surrounding the bottom of the falls to the west is known locally as "Frog Hollow", a pothole depression (carved out by ancient whirlpool action) so large that the area now contains several old stone mill buildings. The whirlpool still churns in the bend below the falls, and the Falls, the surrounding broken ledges and the stone bridge are all visible from a newly-constructed pedestrian footbridge just below the falls. Just above the falls, buildings of the town are constructed so close to the creek that they are actually cantilevered out over it. There is an old, abandoned turbine power station right next to the falls which a local legend claims was a safe-house on the underground railroad. Slow erosion of the creek bed will probably destroy all the nearby structures, including the bridge, in the next 100 years. The falls are beautiful in summer, and can be experienced from close range then by climbing on natural stone litter and ledge extending from the west riverbank. In spring, the swollen river explodes through this area, and the roaring falls toss huge logs and branches from far upstream. Otters live among the rocks and roots near the footbridge and along both banks.

Waterfall Height: 30'

I added a border to the photo and signed it, in resizing I found in order to keep the size as large as I could that I really had to reduce the quailty alot so I'm interested myself in seeing how it looks once I push that update button down at the bottom of this page.

I'm hoping I can get back here more often and hope to start posting more often and seeing what you all have been up to!


wilth, jean11-3, shelbeesmom has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekLens members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jpinkham: thankscaptainsgirl 2 12-01 18:42
To shelbeesmom: hi de hocaptainsgirl 1 11-29 09:26
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Nice view, well framed with the grass and trees here.. The frozen water looks good, personally I'm a misty water/slow shutter buff but it's a good overall image..

Welcome back!


Donna, You "otter" post more photos to tl! :) (...groan, I couldn't resist). I hope you get back here more often too. I see your photos all of the time on fb! You have some terrific shots.

The setting is so peaceful and tranquil. I can almost hear the water rushing. I like the green in the foreground too. The coloring is interesting with the bits of green throughout. Nice Job! Lisa

  • Great 
  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2009-11-29 7:12]

Hi Donna,
This captures the feel of the falls in the fall, the freeze frame water works for me against the flow of the stream and the branches and grass you used to frame the image. Nicely composed.

Hello Donna, I really feel as if I am there with you.
A lovely shot of the falls and the rushing water of the river.The tree makes a good frame.I like the green grass of the river bank as a reference point.
I am glad that you told us the height of the falls,it is quite hard to judge.
Tfs, regards Jean.

HAHA! I'm laughing at Lisa's comment! I like the idea, I would suggest, just for fun, you get a little closer, beyond the tree, set up the tripod and put the Fstop on F16 or higher...high enough to slow that shutter speed down and go for water blur...that would be AWESOME...but you gotta have da tripod or it won't work! A beautiful place!

:-) so nice to see you back here Donna!
And with a lovely picture too! A real nice view indeed and I agree with you. A lovely spot for a picknick.
Love the details and splashes in the water.


Hi Donna,
Very beautiful landscape vith excellent POV, colours and composition.TFS.


Hey, Donna, good to see you back in these parts! How appropriate that you return with a water photo :)

I've done a lot of waterfall trekking the last year or so, and I really like this one -- gentle cascade, pleasing woodland setting for texture and contrast, and the foreground grass and flowers offer a lovely way to contain the falls within the bottom part of the frame.

A pleasing presentation.


P.S. -- Donna, something that helps a lot with the sizing that you may not have had occasion to notice yet, is that the new upper limit on file size is 300K, not 200K. Definitely improves the flexibility and overall quality.

  • Great 
  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-01-11 5:05]

Hi Donna,
A very nice view of the Falls through the trees. As you say, it looks a great place to have a picnic.

Calibration Check