Health & Safety

Snow, Webster's Falls, Winter

Image EXIF Data

  • Date Taken: 29 Jan 2012, 15:30:22
  • Camera: NIKON D7000
  • Focal Length: 200
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second

Webster’s Falls used to be one of the finest places to visit in the Hamilton area: a lovely waterfall, with character varying with the seasons and a host of fantastic photographic opportunities. A stairway led down to the base of the falls, from where one could enjoy the river below and, in hot weather, the cooling spray from the falls themselves.

Unfortunately, the curse of Health & Safety has struck: now, the stairs are closed and blocked off with a very substantial fence that also extends far in all directions and completely blocks off all access to the falls. The small meadow just above the falls, where one could admire the view over the edge is also closed, as are a couple of great viewpoints further down the gorge. There is now nowhere that affords a view of the whole falls. A great shame – it is now really not worth visiting these falls as a photographer.

This photo was taken in the falling snow in the meadow that has since been closed – it now appears that this was a unique opportunity.

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