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Wildflowers in the Hocking Hills of Ohio

Shoot the Hills

© Becky Linhardt 2010

 It’s spring in the hills, time to shoot the wildflowers – with a camera of course.  To encourage a “take a photograph, don’t take the wildflowers” conservation message, the Hocking Hills State Park holds an annual spring photography competition in early or mid-April of each year.  (see link below)

 There are entry fees, competition categories, and prizes each year for the annual Shoot the Hills event but many visitors just take to the hills on their own to enjoy the beauty of the woodlands as the wildflowers begin to bloom.  I visited before the competition weekend and though I did not find masses of flowers, I was able to shoot vignettes in the Hocking Hills State Park and even some as I walked the gravel road to the cabins at the Inn at Cedar Falls where we stayed.

 Since I had a hiking companion on this visit, we took the Cedar Falls to Old Man’s Cave trail that takes you down into gorges where waterfalls have cut deep cliffs and water sometimes fall from overhanging rocks as the trail hugs the inside of the cliff.  Some sections are a challenge as you wedge your foot between boulders on an uphill or downhill track.  The two miles from Cedar Falls to Old Man’s cave took about 2 hours, but I stopped often to shoot wildflowers, rock formations, and even some early blooming trees.  The hike back was about 1 ½ hours – beautiful and sunny for hiking and viewing but too much contrast for good color photography.

 Most people know the Hocking Hills for its colorful autumn season.  Many are finding the less crowded, more subtle spring colors a joyous celebration of nature’s survival of the cold of winter – and the waterfalls are generally rushing, the streams gurgling.  The Hocking Hills area is also known for it dogwood and redbud trees that dot the hillsides in late April.

 More information about the Shoot the Hills 10th Annual Competition: http://www.shootthehills.com/

 Information for accommodations and other activities in the Hocking Hills area: 800-HOCKING or www.1800hocking.com

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