Another Federal Offense

Nathan and I went in search of a waterfall near Cherry Grove yesterday, and were thwarted by a couple of closed forestry trails. We'll have to try from another angle. Still wanting a good hike, we went up to the trail leading to Lee and Haines Falls, which we visited this summer in blinding heat. We had to walk back by moonlight this time (aww shucks), but I finally got some shots of Haines Falls without the glare of summer sun. Oh, such a pretty waterfall!


It's mystifying why you have to bend the federal law to go here (mainly by avoiding a tall barbed wire fence labeled with "Warning! Federal Offense to pass!" and hitting the creek instead). Perhaps it would be harder than it looks to fence the reservoir rather than the entire road, but it's a damn shame to put this behind barbed wire. I was able to wiggle up above the falls this time, and the view is lovely. The cove this is tucked into has some beautiful detail to the walls.


I'm particularly fond of the lacy foam along the bottom right of the picture.


15-second exposure - Hoya Moose Polarizer/Warming Filter

  • Ar'alani 6y

    Jeff, I'm glad my offensiveness made you happy. Heh.

    Aaron, no I didn't see any issues with pollution, but I was right around the Hillsboro Reservoirs. I'm assuming they clean that area up? It's so sick to see our rivers so messed up. Blech.

    Thanks friends!
  • Shetha N 6y

    I'm amazed that this is behind barbed wire. Makes you wonder how many of them are still unfound... Just lovely.
  • The Front Page 6y

    This is just so gorgeous and serene!
  • Tim Gavin 6y

    A jaw dropper for sure! This is amazing! Do you typically need a polarizer at night? Just curious.
  • 6y

    Very nice shot. Very nice.
    Much enjoyed,

    Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado "Bellezas Del Mundo" Post 1 Award 3 NO FLOWERS PHOTOS.... y nos encantaría agregar esto al grupo.
  • Brian Cormack 6y

    Great shot, and don't worry we won't report you!
  • Stephen Oachs 6y

    This is very nice but I would never break the law to take a photo (smirk)
  • Bryan Swan 6y

    Heh. I did that once. Not at Haines Falls and not Federally enforced land, but barb-wire guarded, heavily posted 'keep the f--- out' sort of land. Unfortunately it was when I shot film, so eventually I might have to do it again. Haines is a nice waterfall (and the two shots you have here might be the first really good shots I've ever seen, maybe only the second shots I've EVER seen of Haines) but its gotta be a much better waterfall to get me to risk getting accosted by The Man. :)
  • Doug McMillen 6y

    another wonderful shot, worth being offensive to get....
  • Kim 6y

    Worth your little adventure to get this shot. Absolutely beautiful.
  • Joel Hanawalt 6y

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm puuurdy.
  • Yoann 6y

    très beau travail
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  • antonio 6y

    another masterpiece my friend! this scenery amaze me! great :)
  • Giuseppe Moro 6y

    Really lovely, it was worth.
  • Nathan Bergeron 6y

    Yeah the water in the foreground looks great. Add nice details to an already perfect capture. Excellent photo throughout!

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  • Eric Mace 6y

    Awesome! Well worth the possibility of getting busted by the feds. Terrific work!

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  • Crisse 6y

    Where would we all be without your trespassing? ;-) You bring us new and exciting and beautiful sights each time you do!
  • Þórarinn Svavarsson 6y

    Awesome :o)
  • stevewhis 6y

    another favorite, was that really by moonlight?
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