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splish splash

This is an unusually long post, but I think there are some interesting photos to share. My contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Twice a year (March and November), the Pennsylvania DCNR holds a 2-day event where they release millions of gallons from Lake Noxamickon into the Tohickon Creek. It turns the otherwise mild-mannered Tohickon into a class 3 or 4 white-water waterway (try saying that a few time fast). Added interest was provided from our recent snowfall, providing a nice white backdrop.

The weather Sunday, cooperated spectacularly – it was sunny and bright. These were all shot in shutter priority at 1/500 or 1/1250 second with the Zeiss 16-70mm zoom. These shots were cropped to get you in on the action.

Evil eye – I’m not sure this guy was too happy with me photographing him going the wrong way. Note a large tree fell, blocking half the creek, forcing everyone to go left, right towards my spot.


Wheelie – I caught this guy coming over a small water fall in mid-air


Determination – This guy had quite the expression on his face.


Three’s company – These three were having a blast


don’t look now –
I could not have timed this on better. I think the expression on his face is priceless.


If you want to see Class 6 white-water, see this post from my blog, which includes a brief youtube video.

whitewater walk


10 thoughts on “splish splash

  1. rebecca says:

    Awesome…I thought about that but couldn’t make it. You have some great shots. A great place for action. I went there once. The boaters told me November gets more people because the water is warmer but I haven’t been able to make a November either.

  2. Lydia C. Lee says:

    Great shots! Love the water action.

  3. klara says:

    awesome!! wonderful action photos. I hope those suites are watertight!

  4. RuneE says:

    That looks quite dangerous! I have never tried it, but it obviously makes for great photography.

  5. Wow! Wayne ~ what an event ~ spectacular and amazing photography ~ always very professional ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Lovely Week ahead ~ ^_^

  6. Lady Fi says:

    Great action shots! Looks like a lot of wet fun.

  7. Amy says:

    oh exciting! so why do they release the water from the lake?

  8. Felicia says:

    you captured some wonderful action shots. Truly priceless expressions.

  9. Andy says:

    You caught the action! Fastidious!

  10. Patrick says:

    Great photos Wayne!
    Crystal clear…