Looking over the waterfall

After spending a little time at the Brandywine Falls overlook (see yesterday’s post if you feel like you walked in at the middle of the story), we crossed over the creek via a bridge and made our way over to the Brandywine Gorge Trail which leads you down to creek level.

On the bridge you can look down and over the waterfall, a point of view I obviously enjoyed as I took a lot of photos from there.  Not to worry, though.  I won’t be posting them all.  Just one or two.

In the second photo you can see some people off to the left.  (You might have to click on it and look at the slightly larger version.)  It gives you an idea of the size of the waterfall.

On the other side of the waterfall

It rained, off and on.   The sky darkening, then lightening again.

We even saw the occasional patch of blue sky and a little sunshine every now and then.

Making our way to the Brandywine Gorge Trail

The Brandywine Gorge Trail is level at first, and then slowly descends.  During dry conditions, it’s probably an easy trail to hike.  The hemlock trees, and the leaves still hanging on the beech trees lend color to woods and trail, as do the mosses and lichens.

I had my hiking stick with me.  It helped a lot.  The trail was muddy and slippery.  Because I wore my Vibrams for the hike, my feet were soaked almost right away.  The water was warmer than I would have expected for this time of year, but so was the air temperature.  It was 60 degrees.

A little blog business

I’ve mentioned a few times that I am woefully behind in visiting you all at your blog homes.  I sincerely apologize for that.  My email situation is a mess and I need to get caught up on that as well.  I have been graciously and generously given a couple of blog awards, and I’d really like to answer those properly rather than with a generic thank you as I did last time.

One of the things I plan to let go of in the near future is posting on a daily basis.  I decided I might as well finish out PostADay2011 since the end is in sight.  After that, I will have no posting schedule at all.  Nope.  None.  I will post when I feel like it.  That feels like such a novel idea after having posted almost daily (I missed one post because of a death in the family) for over a year (since September of 2010).  Not posting daily should free me up to either get caught up, or at least keep up, with all my friends and blog mates.  It might even allow me the time to participate in photo challenges once again.

Looking back

In the meantime, thank you all so much for visiting me here in the Bogs, and for your patience.  I know there are many wonderful blogs and blog posts out there because I’ve been to visit a few today.  To those who are new to Life in the Bogs, I bid you welcome, and thank you for dropping by and for commenting, if you have been commenting.  I hope to return your visits soon.  To my new subscribers, thank you for your interest in my photography, my continuing adventures and challenges, and for signing up.

Open arms

I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the hike.  Funny how it takes longer to post about it than it did to hike it.

I know it’s a few days early, but in case I don’t see you over the weekend, have a very Merry Christmas!  Or a very Merry Whatever You’re Celebrating This Season.  🙂

36 Comments on “Looking over the waterfall”

  1. Merry Christmas to you, as well, Robin. Hope you have a lovely weekend with your family.

  2. Skip220 says:

    Robin, I have been very impressed with your photos from Brandywine Falls. I have never been there, even though it isn’t far from home. I will put it on my wish list of places to take my camera in 2012.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. 🙂

      I’ve only been to visit the falls twice in the eleven years we’ve lived in this area, and it really isn’t that far from us, either. I’d like to go again in the spring to see the wildflowers, and maybe see the falls when their not so tumultuous.

  3. tedgriffith says:

    This looks like it was a wonderful hike. I can just imagine the roar of the falls. I understand about keeping up/catching up. I hope that you take the time you need, for what you need. Have a very, merry Christmas! 🙂

  4. Marianne says:

    Brandywine Falls looks like a beautiful place to visit. Waterfalls are both scary and beautiful to me. I imagine the sound of rushing water as I look at your photos. Beautiful, Robin!

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Robin. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marianne. 🙂

      I understand what you mean about waterfalls being both scary and beautiful. I always get a little nervous when hiking to a waterfall because it usually means steep descents to get to the bottom of one or slippery surfaces or any of the other things my mind seems to worry about. And when the water is roaring like it was on this hike, I find other things to worry about (such as falling in and being swept away). I always have to rein in those thoughts and bring myself back to the moment, reminding myself that everything in this moment is OK.

  5. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I’m partial to red berries, so I like the photo of the berries in front of the torrent. Very dramatic views. Jane ….Merry Christmas to you!

  6. munchow says:

    Looks like a lovely hike. And congratulations with you decision to finish PostADay2011. That is quite an achievement. But I hope you will continue bring out more of your great posts in the future! Merry Christmas to you.

  7. Margie says:

    I’m impressed when people post once a day, but I could never do that myself. It would just take too much time!
    Merry Christmas to Life in the Bogs!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Margie. 🙂

      Posting daily is very time consuming, especially when you try to put out some quality posts (not that all of my posts have been quality posts). It will be nice to go back to posting when I feel like posting.

      Merry Christmas to you too.

  8. dragonfae says:

    Wow Robin … that looks more like a river than a creek! Beautiful shots, thanks for sharing them. 😀

    Have a Merry Christmas dear, and a wonderful New Year! May your home be filled with love and light for the year to come! *hugs*

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, DragonFae. *Hugs* back and wishing the same for you. 🙂

      Most of our creeks look more like rivers now. It’s amazing how much rainfall we’ve had this year.

  9. carlaat says:

    Love the waterfall perspective! Thanks for sharing your hike with us! Did you hike in five fingers shoes?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carla. 🙂

      I did hike in my five fingers shoes. They usually have pretty good traction and I like feeling the ground with my feet. Makes me feel more in touch with Mother Earth.

  10. Lovely, lovely area! Would love to see it someday! You have taken beautiful photos.

    Merry Christmas!

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Outstanding … and a benefit with the extra rain of the season.

    Merry Christmas Robin and thanks for all your pics of beauty. I invite you to visit and select a present under the tree. http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/on-a-time-for-gifts/

  12. Karma says:

    Hi there Robin! I’ve been remiss in blog-visiting this week too. Understandable at this time of year I think. I like the “when I feel like it” way for blogging 😉 Works well for me!
    Those falls are impressive looking – your photos allow me to imagine the sound of the rushing water and I can almost smell the muggy earth.
    Merry Christmas to you too, in case I don’t make it back again before the holiday!

  13. Your photos just remind so much of the lushness of the landscape that I grew up in. Just beautiful, Robin. And a Merry Christmas to you too. All good things for the new year too!

  14. Tammy says:

    That looks like a great hike. Merry Christmas.

  15. Anna says:

    My goodness, that is a lot of rushing water and quite the falls! I’m not used to seeing water like that because our area is so dry. Lovely photos!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Anna. 🙂

      Our waterfalls don’t usually look like that, either. In the summer months this particular fall would be more of a trickle.

  16. It’s 11.30 pm, Christmas Day here in Oz, Robin, time for me to wish you a very Merry Christmas! I’m guessing it must be early Christmas morning now in Ohio.

    I have absolutely loved sharing your life’s adventures again this year and have always been in awe of your ability to find the time, and content, to post here every day! You are a far more persistant contributor to your blog than I have been to mine, although I will have a freer schedule next year, so intend to blog, and visit others, more often myself.

    Have a wonderful day, my friend. 🙂

  17. Bo Mackison says:

    I thought I left a comment here, but I guess I only meant to. I understand about a daily post. It is time consuming, and sometimes there are other things that need doing — even if it is just meditating on the lovliness of a rain puddle. I am down to a schedule of 3-5 times a week, but I no longer force myself to get something down. I think the release of pressure has been good for me and for my blog and readers.

    It will be interesting to see what kind of blogging you end up doing on a natural cycle.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bo. I think you’re right about the release of pressure. Blogging on a daily basis can be a bit much for all involved. Many of us found that out when we signed up for WordPress’s PostADay. Not only is it difficult for me to keep up with my blog, I can’t keep up with others either. And that’s what I miss most, visiting other blogs.

  18. hugmamma says:

    Love your photos of nature…majestic…compelling…and humbling.

    Am in total synchronicity with you about blogging. It can be a full time proposition, and under the best of circumstances immensely satisfying. Yet it can leave little time for visiting and commenting and social interaction with fellow bloggers who’ve become friends. And let’s not forget…we’ve still a life…to live…to the fullest.

    So I’ve resolved, like you, not to stress, remembering why I started to blog. My passion for writing…is therapeutic for me…and hopefully helpful to others. Approval of others is something human nature naturally craves. But self-approval is by far the most deeply gratifying. Liking who we are…and what we do…goes a long way in touching others’ lives in a very meaningful way.

    hugs…as you do what you need to do…for you…hugmamma. 🙂

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