Table Rock at sunrise

Table Rock at sunrise


To those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great holiday. And if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good weekend anyway!

The week before Thanksgiving I flew to South Carolina. A couple of people who had previously taken my Spring Digital Camera Workshop got some of their friends together and invited me to come to their home and teach a workshop.

I’d never been to this part of the country before, and found it to be quite beautiful. This region, in the mountains along the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, is home to a great concentration of waterfalls. Of course I live near another great waterfall area, Yosemite, but the character of the falls is quite different in each place. Yosemite is known for its big, thundering, dramatic, vertical drops like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. The Carolina waterfalls are smaller, and usually slide down less-than-vertical rock faces, but they have braids and channels that lend themselves to slow shutter speeds and more intimate compositions, and in their own way they’re equally photogenic.

And even though the fall foliage was past peak, we found some great color in spots. The oaks, in particular, dotted the lower-elevation hills with red. This region must have been spectacular earlier in the fall. I’d love to return in October, or in spring when the dogwoods and rhododendrons bloom.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip. If you’ve visited this area before I’d love to see your photos, so feel free to post a link in the comments.

—Michael Frye

Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author and photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to YosemiteYosemite Meditations, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters, plus the eBook Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.

Trees and mist at Pinnacle Lake, Table Rock State Park


Misty hills near Whitewater Falls

Misty hills near Whitewater Falls


Clearing storm over Lake Jocassee

Clearing storm over Lake Jocassee


Red oaks from Caesar's Head State Park

Red oaks from Caesar's Head State Park


Upper Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest

Upper Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest


Sunbeams on Twin Falls

Sunbeams on Twin Falls


Eastatoe Falls

Eastatoe Falls


Misty road lined with maples

Misty road lined with maples


Workshop students in the fog

Workshop students in the fog