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Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright

On the way to Fallingwater, and also very close by, is Ohiopyle State Park.  Most known for rafting and kayaking, there are also a couple of waterfalls.  We visited one called Cucumber Falls.  Low water but quite photogenic.

Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park

Fallingwater is a place I have wanted to visit for many, many years.  Just the few photos I had seen over the years made me want to visit there in person.  I seems like such a magical place and it is.  Some of the sheen is diminished by the crowds however, but that’s the price to pay if you want to see this magnificent piece of architecture.  It is really quite grand and even with the crowds, it’s not so bad.  Advance reservations are a must.  Though walk ins are allowed, it will depend on whether there are vacancies.  From what I can tell, there aren’t many of those.  Tour groups are limited to 14 and run in 1/2 hour intervals, so there may be three to four groups in the house at any one time.  They do manage the people very well and it was a fun and interesting tour.

The payday for us was that we were the last tour of the day at 4PM and then had until 6PM to shoot around the grounds.  It was nice that most of the people cleared quickly and we were able to get the iconic shots with lights on and no people in the way.  It was also necessary to wait until the sun had gone behind the hills, as there was quite a contrasting light on the balconies.   It was a very worthwhile diversion on our way to Maine.