Showing posts with label Red River Gorge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red River Gorge. Show all posts

Friday, January 5, 2018

Frozen

A couple dayhikes at Raven Run in Lexington and the Red River Gorge
January 2 & 3 2018

The temperature has not been above freezing in more than a week which means it is time to find frozen waterfalls.

I visited Raven Run on a very sunny afternoon, no clouds and lots of ice and snow. It was pretty obvious that it was going to be a mostly black and white day for photos. 


 




I tried photographing some of the more interesting ice crystal patterns, but this was the only one worth saving.







The next day I dropped my kids off at school and headed for the Gorge to check out a popular summer waterfall.



This rock face always fascinates me, I love the geometric patterns in the rock.
 


 When I got back to my car for lunch, I had about 2 hours until I had to leave to pick up my kids, so I decided to check out Creation Falls and Rock Bridge.


Both days were awesome winter weather, sunny and dry with highs right about 20 degrees. As long as I kept moving, I was very comfortable. But, when I stopped to photograph, my hands ended up very cold. I think I need a better pair of gloves.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gray's Arch

11/27/17
Trailhead: Gray's Arch
Red River Gorge

A personal day in the Gorge. I tend to avoid the Grays Arch area when the weather in nice (especially weekends) since it is so popular, but I figured I might be safe on a weekday. I saw a total of three people on the trails, so I got my wish.

Sandstone art



I find it interesting how the tree root follows the contours of the sandstone

Grays Arch from a couple different angles




View from a classic Red River Gorge overlook

A great couple of hours in the gorge and then back to civilization to pick up my kids after school. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Auxier Ridge with kids

Auxier Ridge in Red River Gorge
11/11/17

Mom was out of town and my kids drive me nuts at home, so thankfully the weather was nice. We loaded up and headed to the Gorge. I wanted a reasonably easy hike and some views, so we went to the end of Tunnel Ridge Road for a hike out towards Courthouse Rock. I knew it was going to be busy but I wasn't looking for solitude since I had three kids with me.

It was about 50 degrees so we all started out with jackets and hats.

I did not take too many photos because I was occupied with herding cats, I mean keeping my kids from killing each other. But, I made them sit down at one point so I could take a couple photos of Raven Rock and the fall leaves.




Nobody fell off a cliff, we mostly had a good time and I finally made it to the Gorge to see the fall colors. A good way to spend the day with my kids.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Solstice Sunset

I dropped my oldest off at an overnight camp in Irvine and realized that the Gorge was not that far out of the way. I grabbed Subway for dinner and headed for the end of Tunnel Ridge Road to catch the sunset. I got to the trailhead about a half hour before sunset and hurried down the trail. I got set up with about 10 minutes to spare. The only real problem was the horseflies, there was a lot of swatting, but I only got bit a couple times.

It looked like the clouds were going to be "too thick" to make an interesting sunset, but I was wrong.

 



I'm always amazed at how a little post-processing can change a photo. These next three are the same photo, just processed a differently.

I think this is what a sunset on Jupiter would look like


The last two are panoramas, so scroll to the right to see the whole thing




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wet Waterfall Hike

We were still recovering from Greece and the weather was nice. Since I generally like my kids better when we are outside, I decided that it might be a good day for a creek hike in the gorge. I figured the waterfall at the end of the trail would keep them motivated. I also warned them that they were going to get their feet wet and muddy, they did not seem to have a problem with that :)






They were impressed by the waterfall.
 
We had lunch in the shade.
 
And then they played while I drank a beer :)




We saw a crawfish in a pool near the waterfall and then this butterfly, no snakes :)