The weather cleared for the first time in many days (for us, anyway), and it was on the cold side. Frost when I left home, 37 degrees at the trail. We have had record amounts of rain this year. That and taking up other projects has kept me away from my camera. With the one clear day and another not predicted for many more days, I decided to take a trip out to a falls I had not been to before. It seemed to be somewhat off of the beaten path, so I figured I might have it to myself for a bit. That worked out well as I did not run into anyone else until I was almost off of the trail to go home. Early morning is always the best for trips like this. The trial was only a mile or so long back to the falls. The condition of the trail was damp (wet) and muddy, but we were still in the last day of winter. I was glad I took my work boots and not just my hiking boots. As you can see in the images, one section of the trail actually has guard rails. 250 feet or so to the bottom. The trail to the lower falls has been washed out for now, or I would have images of the upper and lower falls. Maybe later in the year. One of the images shows the lower falls as viewed from above.
I had mud scattered on everything when I got back to my vehicle, but that’s part of the fun, right? My camera bag top was soaked because of all the runoff from the cliff face where the guard rail is. Naturally that would be where I needed to take a photo. The layers of rock with which the mountains and valley’s are formed around here are very interesting. Must be time for a geology book. I will return to this spot, maybe when it is more green and not still in the winter brown camo colors. And the parking lot was full when I left, with a couple of cars cruising for a parking space.
Yes, the colors are changing. More rapidly now. So I left on a hike, took my point and shoot, and headed out. It wasn’t raining when I left home, but I was headed for the Columbia River Gorge, so all weather is expected. As the saying goes, “wait ten minutes and it will change”. So I took my rain gear. It started out foggy, but turned to rain soon after I got on the trail. The good steady soaking rain. Not a downpour. Pretty much all of me got wet by the time I was done, but it was great. I had the trail mostly to myself, even though I had left later than normal. I met lots of people on my way back, though. The camera survived, as did I and the raincoat. My glasses had a hard day, they kept fogging up. Guess I will have to try Rain-x or something similar. All in all, I had a good day, the photos were not too bad, the colors were bright and saturated just like the leaf images show. Those were right out of the camera. All were for that matter. I only brought out the highlight detail that the camera tends to blow out on days like this. It’s true, don’t let the rain slow down your photo journey.
Normally, I’m not a water falls photo person. I like water falls, they are great. I can sit and watch them for a long time; like watching a campfire. You can set and watch for what seems like hours and just stare at it. and listen to it. Yes, you have to experience the sound effects as well. So the rushing water flowing over the rocks, the cool breeze along the creek, the bright green foliage nearby, it all adds up. But taking photos of all this has been a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve seen others do it, and their images turn out well. I’ve just not been one to want to hang the images on my wall. Mine were just not quite up to what I thought they should be. So, I now have a new project. Find what I think a waterfall image should be.
This all came about a week or so ago when I set out to hike to the top of Multnomah Falls. I arrived at the lodge/trailhead early in the morning (to avoid crowds), and after getting all ready to go, boots, water, snacks, layers, I found the trail closed because of work on the Benson Bridge. They had a large rock fall last winter and took a large chunk out of the bridge. For safety they have closed it off to travelers until it is repaired. Work is in progress, but obviously wouldn’t be finished today, so I had to find another trail. Returning back on the old highway, I stopped to check out Wahkeena Falls. It ended up being a great hike, and a few images. I then decided I would work on some waterfall photos, and see if I could make this an opportunity to improve my experiences for better images. It may take a few more trips, but that makes it more fun. The little dude gathering fluff for the nest was not taken near the falls. He (or she) was less than 100 yards from a very main highway.