I’m still trying to learn how to use with my ND filter. And from the weather forecast, it looks like I’ll have plenty of chances over the next few days with more clouds and rain heading our way. This is when you should use these filters with the greatest success—with overcast skies.
But even though the sun was out on this day, I had lots of fun with this new filter at Anna Ruby Falls, which is located in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest. It’s really spectacular!
Two separate creeks (Curtis and York) come together at this point to form Anna Ruby. On this day, they were thundering due to all the rain we’ve had. Both creeks begin on nearby Tray Mountain and are fed by underground springs, rain, and some snow.
Curtis Creek (leftside) drops 153 feet and York Creek 50 feet to form the twin waterfalls and also Smith Creek, which continues on downhill into Unicoi Lake, where it continues on into the Chattahoochee River and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico!
Since I didn’t have my tripod with me, I just used the railing on the foot bridge to take this photo. It worked! Pretty clear for a shot taken at shutter 1.0, aperture: 22, ISO 100.
I shot the above photo and then turned around and saw this one as the stream flowed under and away from the bridge. The idea is to turn the water milky white! I’m getting there!
For me, Anna Ruby Falls is almost a forgotten place. Don’t get me wrong. It’s beautiful, especially in the spring. It’s forgotten because I have been there so many times. There are always lots and lots of people—walking. But you wouldn’t know this by looking at these photos.
A paved 0.5-mile footpath leads from the parking lot to the base of the falls. The walk is easy to moderate, and there’s a modest fee of $3.00 per person (ages 16 & up). Anna Ruby is open daily (weather permitting) from 9AM – 6PM. Have fun!