This past Monday I did a couple of things I hadn’t done for a long while, I visited Bull Hole/Cooleemee River Park and I photographed with my Nikon D700 camera.
There was a time I’d visit Bull Hole every couple of weeks but my last visit, prior to this one, was six months ago, in March. No particular reason for not going there much this year except perhaps my feeling a little burnt out on it. I could claim the same reason on why I haven’t shot with my D700 since the end of April…just a burnt out.
However, I have to tell you it felt great to revisit both yesterday — to pick up where I left off. There had been enough rain recently for water to be flowing over the Dam but not so much as to cause flooding at Bull Hole, and the D700 — it felt like an extension of my arm after a few shots. I really enjoy the Olympus E-M5 but it doesn’t have the ergonomics of the Nikon.
There was a point, after returning from our Italy trip in July basking in the the great performance and capabilities of the E-M5, I considered perhaps I didn’t need or have use for a full size DSLR. Gut check — not feeling that way now. There’s a place and time for both.
In the first photo you can see the majority of the river dam, which is approximately 14-18 ft tall and stands upon solid granite bedrock. The yellow structure on the right is part of sluice gate controls which channel water around to the right — this is an active hydroelectric dam.
The second image is the section of the dam to the left of the frame of the first photo. There’s a natural rise of the bedrock on this side which the dam disappears into. There’s also some wonderful rock formations for cascading water in this area which you’ll see in a later post.
This final image is of a finger of granite which couldn’t support it’s own weight once the river washed away the softer stone/composite beneath it. I have no idea when it broke. It’s been like this since I’ve been visiting the park.
Monday was a nice overcast day with wonderful even light. A time well enjoyed and well spent.