Patapsco Valley State Park offers over 16,000 acres over 32 miles along the Patapsco River and includes eight different recreational areas for a variety of outdoor activities. This "adventure" will bring us to a small section of this beautiful park and we’ll explore the hiking trails for some of the best highlights in the area beginning with Cascade Falls.
Cascade Falls is within the Orange Grove area of the park. Considered one of the more scenic sections of the park, Orange Grove was once home to a flour mill village. There is now a swinging bridge that crosses the river leading to the paved Grist Mill Trail along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tracks.
Included in this adventure will be a visit to the historic Bloede’s Dam. Built in 1907, by the Ambursen Hydraulic Construction Company, Bloede’s Dam was one of the first dams to incorporate submerged internal turbines. While a beautiful feature within this section of the park, over time the dam has presented environmental issues and it is now slated for removal in the immediate future. Don’t miss this opportunity as the trail will be closed for approximately a year once this project begins.
Designed for any level of adventurous photographer, we will concentrate on making thoughtful choices for compelling compositions. Any lightweight camera is suitable for this class. Traveling light and learning how to make the most of what we have in hand is the focus.
Both Cascade Falls and Bloede’s Dam offer wonderful opportunities for slowing down those shutter speeds and creating smooth waters with the use of filters. A circular polarizing filter and a neutral density filter are helpful to bring (if you have them).
- Emphasis will be on keeping things simple with camera settings, while developing a fresh eye for compelling nature compositions.
- Selecting apertures, shutter speeds and ISO’s for proper exposure.
- Utilizing Neutral Density filters for slow exposures for blurring waterfalls.
- Preparation for photography for trail and travel.
Total estimated hiking distance is two miles on both paved, unpaved, and rocky trails.
** Note, An additional option to extend the hike to the rapids section of the park is offered following Cascade Falls, the Swinging Bridge and Bloede’s Dam. This portion involves a short boulder/rock scramble to reach the rapids and is approximately one mile out and back. **
Class limit: 10
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Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell
Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.
As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. Capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.
Emily is a published photojournalist and her work can be seen in the Bay Weekly, on numerous book covers and smart device apps. Her blog, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints blog is internationally recognized and showcases her beautiful images and insights on nature.
Emily teaches the birding, wildlife and the Adventures On The Trails classes for Capital Photography Center.