A few months ago, I got a chance to finally shoot Plotter Kill Falls in Rotterdam. I had been hearing about the falls for a few years now, but never could find the time to get there and do some shooting. I am glad it finally happened.
I posted a Meetup on my group’s site to see who was interested, and we went down early on the morning of October 17th. It was pretty chilly out, but not freezing cold. Plotter Kill has a nice system of trails leading you in to the falls area. We hiked in, and after about ten or fifteen minutes, we were at the falls.
The leaves were falling with the changing season, and they made for some great pictures. I may not have mentioned it before, but, other than cars and motorcycles, I absolutely love shooting waterfalls. The most amazing part of shooting them is the slow shutter speed aspect. I love being able to set the camera up on a tripod, frame my shot, and then hit the button on the remote to fire the camera. The water looks so smooth, almost as though it was painted. The colors are so vibrant. The best reward is getting home and looking at the pictures you took and exclaiming “I took that”.
I am adding a little excerpt from the Schenectady County web site about Plotter Kill in case you have never been. If you haven’t, get out there when the weather gets better.
The Plotter Kill Preserve (located in the town of Rotterdam on Route 159) contains 632 acres of rugged hardwood and
coniferous forest along the Plotter Kill, a scenic tributary to the Mohawk River. The gorge of the Plotter Kill was cut by melt waters at the close of the ice ages about 10,000 years ago. The ledges give the stream its name: platte (flat) and kill (creek): Please exercise caution when hiking in the Preserve; the terrain is very rugged with steep slopes and ledges near the trails.
The Plotter Kill drops 900 feet in its 3.5 mile descent from Rynex Corners to the Mohawk River. There are three spectacular waterfalls: the Upper Falls, Lower Falls and the Rynex Creek Falls at the junction of Rynex Creek and the Plotter Kill. All are magnificent sights in spring high water and in winter ice. The Upper Falls is 60 feet high, and the others 40 feet.
The Plotter Kill Preserve is wonderful for nature study. Over 600 species of plants have been found in the area including: trilliums, violets, lilies, ferns and club mosses.
Directions to Plotter Kill Preserve:
NYS Thruway to Exit 25. Take I-890 West to Campbell Rd (Exit 2a). From Campbell Road, turn right on Putnam Road. Go 1.7 miles to State Route 159 (Mariaville Road). Turn right on Route 159 and go 1.9 miles to the Reserve sign and parking lot on the right. The Coplon Road entrance is accessible from Mariaville Road.
Download the Plotter Kill Preserve brochure by clicking here.
Here are some of this pics I got that day. I hope you enjoy. I would also love to know of more waterfalls in the area. Please let me know if there are more around.