Elliot Water, Waterfall
Here I am with Part 2 of The Waterfall Diaries and this one is much closer to home for me, a mere 30 minutes from my front door.
For me this waterfall started as a conversation between me and a work colleague after I had said I like waterfalls and therefore I knew nothing about it before I first went to see it and I honestly didn’t hold out much hope,stupidly thinking that what they thought was a good fall wasn’t going to be what I thought was a good fall, and apart from that how could a waterfall so near a city be any good? All the good ones are in the wilderness, aren’t they? The journey to the falls is along the A92 towards Arbroath and is a simple one, a dual carriageway (not what I’m used to when “chasing” waterfalls ) and it is a straight road until the turn off at Arbirlot which shows no sign of anything remotely interesting … yet.
As the road journeys on through some nice looking farm land I was beginning to think that I would at least take some agricultural shots, maybe some vintage tractors or the like and it is at this point the road drops down into a heavily wooded area.
The thing I noticed was the light, with the area being so heavily wooded the light takes on a glow that was definitely interesting….Then, you come to a junction, take the right signposted Arbirlot and enter a small quaint village with a church where it is good to park. The only marker is a sign for a nature trail and while you can hear water there is no sign of any, until, that is, you walk down the stairs and this is when you see what I believe is a perfectly formed waterfall !!
Now there are 2 ways to approach viewing the falls, from above in complete safety with a terrific view, or, by scrambling down to water level( the sure footed among you will have no problem doing this, I regularly do it with a camera and tripod) and you are rewarded with a great view of the 22ft falls and what you sacrifice in height(compared to Reekie Linn in Part 1) you gain in shape, it really is beautiful, especially in full flow.
If any of you are photographers then please be prepared to get your feet wet, or carry the correct footwear as the urge to walk into the water may be overwhelming(it is for me, I like to ‘commune’ with waterfalls) and you may find yourself knee deep in water before realising what you’ve done.I often revisit these falls as no two shots are ever the same and the area is forever changing, it’s so easily accessible it would be rude not to.
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