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Photography by Tony Triolo

The Dismals – Summer’s Last Green

I cannot remember a hotter or dryer fall here in North Alabama. It has been so hot and so dry that I have hesitated venturing out with my cameras much at all. The waterfalls have all but dried up, and I fear a very lackluster display of autumn colors this year, perhaps even worse than last year. On top of that, this dry weather has brought the armadillos out of hiding to ravage my lawn looking for grubs, but that’s a story for another time. So, I decided that I needed to get out from behind the computer and go somewhere, anywhere, even if what I ended up photographing was less than spectacular. I decided to check out the Dismal Canyon located in the northwest part of the state. Now, I have been to the Dismals maybe thirty times, but I have not been there in a couple of years. I contacted a photographer friend of mine down in Helena, Alabama to see if he’d like to join me. Since he had never been there before, and since the trip wouldn’t interfere with Alabama football (we went on a Sunday), he was all in.

The Dismals is located near the town of Phil Campbell and it is on private property. There is an entry fee to enter the canyon, but I think it’s well worth it. One reason for settling on the Dismals, is the fact that the canyon floor is some fourteen degrees cooler than the average Alabama summer temperatures. The trail loops 1.5 miles around the property passing huge towering boulders, peaceful waterfalls, caves and sandy bends along the Dismals Branch. As suspected, the water levels were low, but the main Rainbow Falls was flowing well due to the fact that a damn feeds it. What surprised me was the fact that most of the canyon was still pretty lush and green. The rocks were covered in dark green moss and the ferns were standing tall.

Here are a few shots from my most recent visit.

 

 

Rainbow Falls and the Swinging Bridge

Rainbow Falls and the Swinging Bridge

 

Moss and Vine

Moss and Vines

 

A Fern Takes Hold

A Fern Takes Hold

 

Cyprus Tree Roots

Cypress Tree Roots

 

Indian Head Rock

Indian Head Rock

 

Weeping Bluff

Weeping Bluff

 

Creepy Tree

Creepy Tree

 

Rocks and Roots

Rocks and Roots

 

Tower Cliff

Tower Rock

 

 

 

 

October 13, 2016 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment