As the end of autumn approaches and the early December air brings the crisp bite of winter, there are many favorite things that come to mind during this yearly transition. From cups of hot cocoa to holiday gatherings with friends and family, from the first snow fall to the rush of the holiday shopping and decorating, these are a few of the favorite things. While most are busy with the hustle and bustle this time of year brings, we are in search of an escape. My partner in crime, Stephanie, and I crave the great outdoors and the wonder nature has to offer this time of year.
This past weekend we ventured out to Letchworth State Park located in Castile, NY. This was my first time at Letchworth State Park and one of many times that Stephanie has captured it’s beauty with her camera. Letchworth State Park takes up more than 14,000 acres and spans across two counties in central New York, Wyoming County and Livingston County. With about 17 miles of park to cover, it is safe to say that one would need about a whole week to see all the beautiful waterfalls, gorges and trails this gem has to offer.
Although we had hoped to see some waterfall attractions, due to some maintenance the road was closed off to vehicular traffic. However, that did not stop us from making the most of what was available to us. We passed a snow covered bridge that led to one of Letchworth’s many trails and decided to see where this magical looking over pass would take us. Camera’s in hand we are always ready to capture the beauty nature has to offer and the moment’s we want to remember forever. This would be a good time to put in an editor’s note that Stephanie is the real photographer, I just like to pretend I know what I am doing while I follow her lead. Hey - fake it until you make it!
The weather was perfect for getting so many beautiful shots of this natural winter wonderland. During our entire hike there was a steady, light and fluffy snow fall that gave every limb a coating of magic. The creeks and little waterfalls also looked like they had been kissed with frosty sparkles. Ice was forming but there was still a steady flow of clear cold water. Being out in the cold and white coated woodlands of Letchworth brings about a very peaceful and grateful sense of existence. Hearing nature’s song as we hike through the woods is exactly what our souls yearn for. What a wonderful thing it is to realize that we are such a small part of this amazing planet we have been so blessed to be apart of. When we are getting lost in nature’s playground, that is when we feel most connected to the world and our beings. Capturing not only the landscapes we come across, but also photographing each other as we hike through old and new places, tells a story that we wish to share with the world.
We hope you enjoy our collection of captured moments from Letchworth State Park. We want to be able to take you along on our journeys, local and international. Please feel free to leave a comment to let us know what you think of our first adventure and to also tell us what you would like to see in upcoming posts.
We wish you love and great adventure,
Maxine & Stephanie