Oneonta Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is an excellent waterfall. A short hike, 0.6 miles in and 0.6 miles out. And as you can see here it is very crowded. So the best advice I can give you is wear swim trunks, nothing cotton, no blue jeans, no t-shirts, nothing you don't want to get wet and be prepared for an adventure. We're here going through the toughest part and you'll see Kelly about to fall down right to her shoulder level. And it is deep and the water is cold. That is snow melt water so it is absolutely freezing.
It feels good as this was the hottest day in July when we did this but you can't expect too much and I'll show you with this photo here of what to expect. There is just so many people you are not going to get a clean photo. So we went back the next morning. This is at sunrise. We were out of bed before sunrise everyday. We had made a trip to the store and we purchased a raft because a raft makes everything easier. Especially this morning when it was a lot more chilly, about 50 degrees.
So little Britches and I hop in the raft and we get across the deepest part of the trail. By the way, don't look for a trail. The trail is the creek bed. So you'll have a log jam to cross. You'll have the deep water part to cross. It's about four feet deep, 100 feet long. Maybe about 15 feet wide. It's just a beautiful hike. Beautiful waterfall. Can't say enough about it. Get there early. Get there on a weekday, no weekends, no holidays and enjoy the water fall if you want to enjoy by yourself or with just a few people alone.
Little Britches and I had an enjoyable time making this video. As a family we really enjoyed the Columbia River Gorge and I would encourage everyone to visit. I would also like to tell you Little Britches is starting his own Youtube channel. So if you get a chance check it out. It's all about games. Mostly Minecraft. Leave your comments below. Subscribe, give a thumbs up and thanks for watching.
A photo of Lower Oneonta Falls taken with the Sony a7Rii, Zeiss Batis 2.8/18mm, and Lee Little Stopper.
Kingston finished out the 2016 football season with a 24-3 win against Loudon. Seniors were recognized during an emotional pregame ceremony where tears were shed and hugs were handed out like candy on Halloween. I flipped back through the last few years and put together some Now vs Then photos of four seniors. The Loudon at Kingston photo gallery can be found here.
York Institute traveled to Kingston this past Friday night and ran into a nest of Yellow Jackets. York jumped out with an early 3-0 lead but soon found themselves outgunned by the Yellow Jackets. It was homecoming for Kingston and that seemed to be reason enough to not let off the gas for the large home crowd. Kingston defeated York 35-15.
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Homecoming means Homecoming Queen. Caroline McDonald was voted Homecoming queen and crowned at halftime. You can see a full list of photos in the photo gallery.
Homecoming queen nominees were (in order of appearance): Rachael Baggett, Shandi Bullington, Mandy Finks, Brianna Garcia, Meg Hartley, Ashton Martin, Audrey Massey, Caroline McDonald, Hannah Owings, and Kaitlyn Stiles.
Visit the York at Kingston photo gallery to see more photos.
Gabe Shillings kicks a 46 yard field goal against Scott High School. Gabe has a reputation for kicking the football through the end zone on kickoffs but Friday night he was able to showcase his skill as a field goal kicker. Kingston lost the game 48 - 24 and ended their hopes for a playoff spot.
Homecoming is this Friday night against York.
You can visit the Kingston vs Scott High photo gallery here.
Kingston traveled to Greenback and collided with the best single A team in the state, losing 41-0. Greenback is a tough venue for any team and Friday night was no exception. The Jackets played a tough game but ultimately come up short. New faces are becoming less new and more normal as more players get worked into the ballgame as the season progresses. It is always fun watching new faces receive well deserved playing time.
I have compiled rushing statistics sourced from the Roane County News. I hope to add receiving statistics next week. Here are the top three rushers to date.
You can view the entire photo gallery for the Kingston vs Greenback game here.
Kingston heads to Scott high school this Friday, September 30, at 7:30 pm to face off against the Highlanders in a tough district game.
The Kingston Yellow Jackets were upbeat and excited about traveling to Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Friday night. The weather conditions were near perfect for a Friday night high school football game. I counted five different major news agencies on the sidelines covering the game. Being a district game, playoff implications create an atmosphere only experienced on a Friday night.
CAK jumped out with an early lead and never looked back. The players left it all on the field and played four quarters of football but it wasn't meant to be for Kingston. Kingston played to the end and lost to CAK 42 to 22.
Kingston travels to Greenback Friday, September 23.
View the Kingston at CAK photo gallery.
It was my first game photographing volleyball and I immediately knew it was going to be a challenge. The speed of the game makes this one of the more challenging sports I have photographed. I really have not experienced a sport as difficult to photograph as volleyball. The Junior Varsity Lady Jackets defeated Alcoa 2-0 and the Varsity Lady Jackets fell to Alcoa 3-1.
It also happened to be senior night and I was able to get two photos of the two seniors playing and with their families. Their teammates were cheering them on and everyone seemed to be genuinely happy and overjoyed for their seniors on the team.
You can view all of my photographs from the game here.
The Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 is a native full frame lens for Sony E mount cameras. The lens is surprisingly lightweight for its low distortion, wide angle, moderately large aperture for a lens at this focal length, and the inclusion of auto focus. The Batis 18 is physically larger than the Batis 25, but the size is not indicative of the weight. The lens weighs 330 grams, which is 5 grams lighter than the Batis 25.
Rockwood visited Kingston Thursday night. The game was dominated with both teams running and grinding it out. New faces continue to pick up valuable experience and playing time on both sides. Kingston won the game 35 - 14.
It was also alumni night for all former Kingston football players. One player that had played for Kingston in the 1940s was present on the field. Simply amazing! Check out the full photo gallery of the 1600+ photos here.
Next week Kingston is on the road Friday night, September 16, at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) at 7:30 pm.
Kingston faced off against McMinn Central Friday night in a game that would have both fan bases on their feet the entire game. Both teams exchanged the lead back and forth until the end when McMinn Central took over on downs to win the game. See all 1300+ photos from the game.
Next week Kingston plays county rival Rockwood at home on Thursday, September 8, at 7pm.