Bridal Veil Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park

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February 11-

If you’ve been to enough places, or studied enough maps, you’ve probably realized that there’s no shortage of “Bridal Veil Falls.”

There’s one here in Iowa at Pikes Peak State Park. There’s another in Yosemite, and a famous one in Oregon. Washington has one, and Utah does too. A section of Niagara Falls carries the name Bridal Veil and there are at least two in Colorado; one near Telluride and another seen here. In fact, I’m willing to bet there are dozens scattered across the expanse of our western states- each full of local lore and endearment; and despite the common name, a quality all its own.

The Bridal Veil Falls you see here can be found in the quiet northeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. If I remember correctly it was about a six mile roundtrip hike, but not very strenuous and it traversed gorgeous meadows with colorful aspens and sweeping mountain views; a perfect stroll for a pleasant autumn afternoon. If you’re ever in the area and want to get away from the crowds of Bear Lake and Estes Park, you might consider heading out this way. (Click here for trailhead information.)

A lot of times when I photograph moving water (streams, rivers, waterfalls, the tide) I like to play around with long exposures. This slows the shutters speed to capture an image of perhaps a half second or more and gives the water a silky appearance. In this case, however, I decided to forego that method in favor of an exposure that was more suitable for the conditions on a bright sunny afternoon. In turn, the quicker shutter speed allowed for a suspended water droplet effect, which I think compliments this photo nicely.

What do you think? Anyone been here? Can you name other places with a “Bridal Veil Falls?”

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