The amount of water flowing over the Hayden Falls varies greatly throughout the year, it can be a roaring torrent in the spring or after a hard rain, completely dried up in midsummer, or almost frozen solid in the winter as you see it in the image above. I live within walking distance of the falls and got there shortly after a new snowfall to capture this scene before the footprints of other visitors ruined the snow on the rocks and surrounding area. It was late in the day and the starkness of the scene lent itself to a nice conversion to black and white. Note the partial reflection of the upper part of the waterfall in the still water in the middle of the frame. Capture information for this image is; Canon EOS 5D Mk III, manual exposure mode, spot metering, 2.5 seconds at f/22, ISO 100, 24mm focal length, polarizing filter.
With the icicles and flowing water there are many compositions possible everywhere you look. Below is a close up view of layers of ice along the edge of Hayden Run flowing out from the waterfall on its way to the Scioto River.
Hayden Falls is a beautiful waterfall tucked away in a scenic gorge and well worth a visit if you’re in the area. The falls are very popular so you will likely find other people there when you arrive.
Hayden Falls is in Hayden Falls Park, part of Griggs Reservoir Nature Preserve and located at 4335 Hayden Run Rd., Dublin, OH. 43017 close to the intersection of Hayden Run Rd., and Frantz Rd. GPS coordinates are N 40°4’1″, W 83°6’38”. The falls are very accessible via a wide stairway from the parking lot to the bottom of the gorge that connects to an elevated boardwalk going out to the base of the falls. More information can be found here.