06.23.19: Boulders in hollow

Boulders in the creek bed, Conkle's Hollow, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio. 


Technical information

Oct. 26, 2015,
12:11 p.m.

39°28'14.001" N 82°35'24" W
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 (10mm) 


1/13th second


I enjoy taking photo hikes in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. The waterfalls, deep, rocky gorges and towering, forested hills make Hocking Hills State Park one of my favorite areas for photography. It’s about an hour’s drive from my house, but it’s worth the trip.

I was hiking through Conkle’s Hollow in Hocking Hills State Park a few years ago when I came across these large boulders in a creek bed in a narrow gorge. It was early fall, so there were deep red and orange leaves on the water and on the boulders. But most leaves on surrounding trees were still green, as was the moss on the boulders. It created a scene with nice composition and color.

The Hocking Hills region of Ohio is a great area for photography. Its terrain is much different from the mostly flat land in other areas of Ohio. Blame it on the Wisconsin glacier that covered Ohio from 85,000 to 11,000 years ago. It flattened the area, but southeastern Ohio (about an hour’s drive from my house) was outside the glaciation of the ice age and remained ruggedly hilly and forested.

The same glacier that flattened much of Ohio is responsible for creating the Hocking Hills, one of the most geologically unique — and photogenic — areas in Ohio. The ruggedly hilly section of southeastern Ohio features gorges, cliffs, caves and waterfalls created when torrents of water from the melting glacier rushed through that area.

According to Wikipedia: “When the glacial torrents found cracks in the hard capstone, the water poured through to flush out the soft middle layer. This left long tunnels where the gorges are today. Eventually, the weight of the tops caused them to come crashing down. The ‘slump rocks’ in the gorges today are what’s left of the hard top layer. In just a few centuries, the rushing waters of the glacier carved the soft middle layer of sandstone into the myriad dimples and wrinkles that decorate the cliffs and grottos today.”

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.