My family became the subject of a number of portraits during our post-Christmas vacation in Brevard, North Carolina. On the whole, the portraiture was done mostly willingly (except my mother, who loathes having her picture taken – much like me). I did not push her, except for one photograph with the grand-kids and one family portrait, which even I deigned to sit for. This photograph was a candid of my father admiring Schoolhouse Falls in Panthertown Valley.
Although the falls were admittedly beautiful from the front, the view from behind the falls was something else entirely. We had met a sweet older lady on the hike, just as we were about to turn around, who advised us to take ten minutes and hike to the falls that were running more strongly than she had ever seen due to the rain and snow melt. She said that if we were careful, we could even hike behind the falls, which piqued my curiosity. As soon as we turned the corner onto the side path, we heard the crashing of the falls. The hike was easy to the falls itself, and I took a number of photographs of the falls that I have added to my portfolio “Falls.”
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