Race Brook Falls Trail. Southwest Massachusetts.
We hiked up Mt. Race yesterday via the Race Brook Falls Trail (the trail I maintain for the Berkshire AMC) and it was a beautiful day for photography.
The falls looked great: just enough water to show the falls but not so much that it would be difficult to shoot without blown highlights.
Dave noticed that the dead pine tree that fell down in front of the falls had had its limbs cut off closer to the trunk. Amazingly, on earlier hikes I’ve heard from photographers with big iron camera gear set up here to shoot the falls that they wanted that tree removed.
Let me repeat that: a few landscape photographers who lugged big DSLR gear and tripods up here to shoot these falls wanted me to remove that tree because they didn’t like the way it looked in their shot.
I’ve always smiled politely and told them that we don’t change the landscape for photographers and that I speak not just as the person who maintains this trail, but as a person who does a considerably amount of photography on it.
My guess is someone decided to take matters into their own hands and cut the branches. Next they’ll cut the trunk and try to pull it out of the way.