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Watkins Glen Rainbow Falls

Mark Papke

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Columbus, OH - United States


Washington, DC - United States

Beautiful work! Chosen for CFC PIF.

Horten - Norway

Beautiful! What an amazing place! v

San Lorenzo, CA - United States

Oh I would love to go sounds and looks amazing...This is an absolutely gorgeous image, Mark!!! fv

Melbourne, Vi - Australia

A stunning place. I still remember a visit there many lifetimes ago :))))

Newcastle, WY - United States


Temecula, CA - United States

Wonderful place and capture. Good work. Voted and Faved.

MILL BAY, BC - Canada

stunning shot, and process

Barcelona - Spain

Wow! This an excellent piece, Mark! I love the water low speed shot, light and amazing composition! Great work! T L and fav.

Potomac, MD - United States

Gorgeous :) v

Panama City, FL - United States

This is amazing! You captured this waterfall perfectly!

Avinger, TX - United States

Oh my! This is absolutely gorgeous!

Belle Chasse, LA - United States

The most majestic, and beautiful photography. I voted for this.

Rochester, Ne - United States


Fort Worth, TX - United States

visiting and voting again.

Fort Worth, TX - United States

the bridge above gives good perspective to the size! great job! v

Alexander, ME - United States

Beautiful gallery Mark, I especially love the waterfalls. f/v

Eden Prairie, MN - United States

Magical image and somewhere I would love to go. Favorited and v.32. Outstanding work!

Medway - United Kingdom

What a location, great image Mark, V/F

Medway - United Kingdom

What a location, great image Mark, V/F

Morpeth, No - United Kingdom

Amazing ....! V

Dingle, Co - Ireland

Beautiful work!V

Puyallup, WA - United States

I really like how you work with water.. V

Montague, NJ - United States

Really beautiful. v/p/f

Fort Myers, FL - United States

Breathtaking. v

Southampton, Ha - United Kingdom

A really splendid shot, what a beautiful place

Kutahya - Turkey

Awesome Mark... v

Fullerton California, ca - United States

Back to t/L/s

Murphy, NC - United States

Such an amazing photograph!!!

Toronto, ON - Canada

What an amazing place Mark. I can hardly believe it's real! Great photo.

Union Dale, PA - United States

I really like this photo Mark Voted ... Elaine

Chicago, IL - United States

Another gorgeous shot of Watkins Glenn..I need to revisit! v/f

Stroud, Gl - United Kingdom

This looks like a magical location and the way you have captured it is stunning. v/f

Dallas, TX - United States

Excellent image Mark. V

Fort Worth, TX - United States

another gorgeous rendering! V

Bend, OR - United States


Orchard Park, NY - United States

Mark you're killing me great shots of the Glenn. Now I really have to try to get there this fall. vtd :-)

Rochester, NY - United States

Beautiful! And hello from another Rochester NY native! vt

Littleton, CO - United States

Great job at this location! I have a shot from this perspective on my site as well, but after seeing yours, I think I need to go back to Watkins Glen! Excellent description as well!

San Miguel, CA - United States

Unbelievable beauty! Thank you for this gorgeous photograph and the detailed description! I want so much to go there if I am healthy and rich enough, you have given me a destination goal! VFfL

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Charlottetown, PE - Canada

wow Mark, absolutely breath taking image! perfect comp, lighting and scene. fav/vt. This image is top notch! well done.

Clarence, NY - United States

Stunning image.v

Voorhees, NJ - United States

So captivating!!! v/f -Kim

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Watkins Glen Rainbow Falls


Mark Papke


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Dark and damp, with cavernous pathways, alien-like stone formations, rare plants, and eerie isolation, Watkins Glen is the type of setting you would expect to find in a fantasy film rather than Upstate New York. Carved into the escarpment at the southern end of Seneca Lake (the deepest of the Finger Lakes), this hanging valley is the oldest and most renowned State Park in the Finger Lakes region. The park is easily divided into two sections, the deep shale and limestone glen that the park is most known for, and the upper park, which is filled with picnic, camping, and recreation facilities.

Visitors to Watkins Glen start their journey in the lower parking lot, which is actually within the massive mouth of the glen. Here the limestone cliffs tower 200 feet above Glen Creek and the parked cars. Visible from the lot is Sentry Bridge, a CCC-era stone overpass that towers above Entrance Cascade. The first of many waterfalls and bridges within the glen, this scene is eerie; embedded between two sheer cliff-faces, half hidden, almost as if a hint about the wonders to come.

Fittingly, the 1.5 mile-long Gorge Trail starts from a dark spiraling tunnel cut into the cliff-side. It is this tunnel that effectively removes the technology, traffic, and noise of the bustling village and envelops you in a world of natural stone, calming flowing water and gentle breezes. From the first gaze upward at the surreal Glen Alpha, the (recently-raised) gate admission fee is immediately forgotten and a sense of wonder and amazement takes over. Despite walking on a manufactured pathway, through chiseled tunnels, and over mortared bridges, the Gorge Trail puts you within the glen itself, as close as one can safely get, where you will feel changes in temperature as you progress, get splashed by the refreshing waterfalls, hear the birds singing above the rim canopy, and tread carefully so as not to step on caterpillars and salamanders.

Winding up the glen, the trail leads visitors through an assortment of cliffs and abutments that can best be described as natural sculptures. Each breathtaking scene after another is unique in sight and sound, and seemingly isolated from the rest of the gorge. The trail presents each scene perfectly, as if displaying landscape paintings lined up in a row. The aptly-named Glen Cathedral widens like a gothic church, with a natural pool, dubbed the Baptismal Font, facing the "cathedral's" pulpit: a beautiful stone arch bridge and 60 ft Central Cascade. There's no surprise that over the last hundred years or so, each segment of the glen, vista, rock feature, and waterfall has been nicknamed. Continue on to the Glen of Pools, and what many consider to be the "main attraction": Rainbow Falls and Triple Cascade. Such a generic name does little justice to this majestic dreamscape. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

The Gorge Trail is what defines the park. It is why people come here year after year, and why I consider this to be one of the most photogenic spots in New York State. It inspires artists; amazes young and old; invigorates the soul; and brings out the inner conservationist in even the most urban of us. Although small and tucked away in the heart of Upstate New York, away from busy cities and major airports, Watkins Glen is a national treasure and certainly a world-class attraction.

Outside of the glen, the park has trails along the gorge rim that offer more casual hiking experiences with more typical wooded terrain and an abundance of historical and educational markers that help to guide you through the natural and unnatural history. Abundant picnicking grounds and an Olympic-size swimming pool give families a reason stay a while longer, and for those that can't get enough, the west end of the park has a beautiful campground with restrooms, playgrounds, ball fields, and over 300 modern campsites.

The Village of Watkins Glen should not be overlooked. Steeped in racing history, this Grand Prix town hosted its first road race in 1948 on a course that wrapped around the park and actually crossed Glen Creek. Racing has since moved to its own contained course and hosts amateur and professional circuits, as well as concerts and other events. Other nearby glens, such as Excelsior and Havana, are not as grand as Watkins, but certainly worth the time to explore.

Seneca Lake is known for its wine, and the southern end near the village is packed with excellent selections. Some wineries offer casual dining, and gift shops as well. The village itself is home to several casual eateries, one particular favorite is the Seneca Harbor Station, right on the lake. Grab a bite to eat, head over to one of the ice cream parlors for a sprinkled cone and walk along the pier at the village's waterfront park and enjoy the scenery.
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