No matter the time of year, I enjoy making the effort to get a photo of Blue Hen Falls.
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I love taking photographs in Cuyahoga valley National Park. It’s easy to go to very familiar places like Blue Hen Falls for a photo. And they may seem a little redundant. But I’m always able to find a new angle. The sunlight comes into play as well as the clouds. It depends on the season as well as far as what the ground looks like and the grass and the colors.
Late fall and winter can be challenging because they might seem bleak. But even in those seasons, there is suitable color. And even though northeast Ohio is known for its endless cloud cloudy days, there are certainly bright mornings afternoons and evenings. I make the most of what I see while I’m out there. And I’m able to use photography to support other activities like hiking and running. It’s a great place to accomplish so much.
In one sense, Blue Hen Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park may seem a bit overrated. It’s very popular of course. But it’s not just the actual waterfall the captivates. The long hike to the waterfall is much more valuable than the waterfall itself. It may seem time consuming to get there, but that’s more than half the fun. It’s a great workout and you can take in lots of the scenery any time of year.
Of course fall is probably the main attraction because of all the variety of colors. Sometimes I’m short on time and I simply go up Boston Mills Rd. It’s a little bit dangerous because of the curves. But like anything in life, you just have to use some sense. I don’t want to get hit by oncoming traffic at a curve. So I just go to the other side well before the curve. The road isn’t that busy. Crossing the road as an adult is no big deal. I would not recommend going this route with children who can easily leave the grasp and safety of a hand and dart into the road at the wrong time.
Not far from Riverview Road along Boston mill Rd are some very steep hills on the right. I didn’t see a sign saying I can’t go up the hill. Maybe there’s a park policy against it. But I did venture up there one time to see if it could give me a different route to Blue Hen Falls. One time when I went to Blue Hen Falls, it was pretty cold in the water. But the air temperature was decent for the fall. So after taking several photographs I used the self timer on my camera and raised to the waterfall plop my body down in it and got some really cool selfie photos. Yes I was pretty cold afterward. But to me the photo is priceless.
If you don’t want people in the photos, you’ll have to pick the right time of day. For the right time of year. I’m sure that can really vary. I would assume that early mornings and late afternoons may have fewer people. But others will have a better perspective if they’ve hiked that area much more than I have. Meeting people is great, but if you’re trying to get photographs without people in them it can be a bit of a challenge.
I wasn’t thrilled one time one somebody decided to bring two dogs and not put a leash on the German shepherd. I guess that person thought they were privileged and didn’t have to pay attention to any of the rules about having a leash. It was handy of course, but it had me a little bit on edge because I’m not thrilled seeing a big dog wandering around without a leash. I also didn’t bother to say anything to this person because clearly they went hiking that way and got there that way and even their own family members probably couldn’t persuade them to do it differently. It’s a shame because you go to a waterfall and want to enjoy the overall landscape and then you have to worry about a wandering dog.
I’ve been able to get many photos there on the couple occasions I’ve been to Blue Hen Falls. I would recommend you just take the time to wander around and view the waterfall from many different perspectives. It would be silly to go all that way and spend only five minutes get a picture and be on your way.