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  • Writer's pictureMeg Ryan

Chasing Fall Peak - Mid October

As the slow fall peak rolled its way south, after Michigan it was time to venture to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. And the delayed color continued, so back-to-back weekends it was.

Ohiopyle State Park was the focus of the first trip, and it absolutely poured overnight Friday into Saturday. But that meant peak waterfalls and peak colors. This park offers some of the best hiking in the region and folks from Pittsburgh usually flock to the popular spots on the weekend. The lingering rainy weather on Saturday kept the crowds at bay though.

While there are so many photogenic spots its nearly impossible to pick favorites. But for this trip, two spots do stand out: The Meadow Run Slides and Sugar Run Falls.

Sugar Run Falls takes a heavy rainfall to get running and every time I've stopped by in the past it's been nearly completely dry. But this time, making the turn off the bike trail after hiking up Jonathan Run the sound of rushing water said this time would be different, and the scene did not disappoint.

Sugar Run Falls

The Details:

Camera: Olympus OMD EM-5 Mark III

Lens: Samyang MF F2.0 12mm @ ~F10

ISO: 64

Shutter Speed: 3.2 Seconds

The Second Spot - Meadow Run Slides are just magical pretty much anytime of the season. But in the fall, the swimmers have retreated and people step carefully on slick wet rocks to get the best view of fallen leaves framing the rushing waters.

The Natural Slides of Meadow Run

The Details:

Camera: Olympus OMD EM-5 Mark III

Lens: Olympus Kit 14 - 150mm at 14mm

ISO: 64

Shutter Speed: 0.5 Seconds

Aperture: F22


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