I think this is one of the places that I could spend a lifetime exploring. Or maybe just sitting and watching the falls. Like the guy sitting on the fallen tree in the lower right (with his dog). If nothing else, he provides scale for the size of this waterfall. I thanked him for it, too, and then mentioned that he was sitting in an “off-limits” area. I don’t think he cared. Certainly the dog didn’t care – he thought it was a great place to swim.
Photographically, that’s the problem with some of these places. There are signs all over the place telling you where you can’t go. And it always seems that those are the exact spots you’d like to be to set up your tripod. You think that if you could just get up on that ledge up there you’d have the perfect perspective, the perfect angle. So what if it’s a bit dangerous? It’s a “bit dangerous” to stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon, but nobody stops you from doing that. So why do I have to “stay on the path” here?
I was once wandering around Letchworth SP, close to a short wall (about a foot and a half tall) above the gorge. The wall itself was roughly 25 feet from the edge. To get a better angle, I set the tripod on the wall and straddled the wall with my feet. Before you could say “watch the birdie”, a park ranger appeared out of nowhere and asked me to step back. Again, if it’s OK for me to stand on the very edge of one of the world’s deepest canyons, why in the hell can’t I stand 25 feet from the edge of the Genesee River gorge?
Well, that’s New York state for you. Lots of taxes, lots of snow, and lots of silly rules.