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Lost in Sherwood Forest | by Ar'alani
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Lost in Sherwood Forest

I was obsessed with Robin Hood growing up (especially the book by E. Charles Vivian--such an incredibly good book, if you can find it), and this is exactly how I pictured Sherwood Forest. Little waterfalls, filtered sunlight, a golden green, a hint of magic...

   

Ramona Falls seems to have some sort of reverse wormhole on the trail--I swear it's the longest two miles I've ever hiked. My mom and I made a try at it two weekends ago, after being turned back at Tamanawas Falls due to the quickly-spreading east-side fire. We never made it to Ramona either, even after a decent hike. We ran low on light and were unsure if it was just around the next corner. It never was, and I didn't take a single shot the entire day. Beautiful drive, but disappointing.

 

Last Saturday, we tried again, this time starting out much earlier and ending up needing all the extra time. It's not a waterfall you want to rush. So many details, so many angles, so much beauty. I never could understand how such a gorgeous waterfall could get such low ratings in all the waterfall hunting books (not that you can really "rate" a waterfall). It's amazing--just a wall of watery stairsteps.

 

The white balance is tweaked here to lend a little more green to the scene, and the Hoya Moose warms it up a bit.

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Taken on August 23, 2008