Confessions of a Waterfallaholic

As I've mentioned before, one of the travel goals I'm working steadily toward is a trip to New Zealand sometime in the next four years. I'll tramp the Milford Track, learn to say "cool" as the Kiwis do, visit a Maori Village, immerse myself in mountains, shoot a lot of film, and hope to come back a better person than I left.


New Zealand aside, I found a new entanglement. About a week ago, I was delving deep into the World Waterfall Database. I visited continents, explored the backcountry, drooled at various points, and generally made a mess out of myself. Most of the waterfalls I'd be happy to visit, but wouldn't feel horrible if I just didn't get around to in the hopefully 70+ years left to me (life gets a little short when you start planning out adventures). I did find one, however, that jumped right up there with New Zealand.


Ever heard of the Iron Hole or Trou de Fer on Reunion Island? If you've even heard of Reunion Island, you're ahead of me. I was a huge geography buff as a kid and mastered many a remote island name, but I'd never heard of this little blip off the coast of Madagascar. The island itself has several volcanoes, big flat plains, forests, etc. and is a French colony. It sounds like a fun place to visit, but the Iron Hole put me over the edge (take a look here). Who can resist a big crater surrounded by trees and dropping deep below to a chasm of dozens of waterfalls pouring into a soup bowl? Not I! Canyoneering is required to get down (or a helicopter), but it's doable.


I spoke to a co-worker of mine about it, and we were laughing about this little island and how outwardly unachievable it is. Still, we both agreed that you can make your crazy fantasies come true if you dedicate yourself enough. I truly believe I can make these journeys, and can't wait to experience the mad adventures yet to come in my life.


So--rack another one up on the checklist of where I'll go before I get too old to rappel down canyon walls.



As for the picture above, it is part of Big Spring Falls up by Mount Adams--a rather large roadside waterfall that is difficult to find even when you're looking for it. Mom and I went up there yesterday since it was so bloody hot here in Portland, and water sounded nice. I really like this waterfall, along with Middle Falls and Langfield Falls (the other two on the menu for the day). We also found an awesome campground I will (god willing) be able to use this weekend if work doesn't throw me another hardball for the fourth week in a row.


I made frequent use of my Hoya Moose Polarizer and 3-Stop Soft GND filter due to the blazing sun. This was a 10-second exposure, thanks to the shade.

  • Matt Johnson 7y

    Man, this shot is amazing! I was in a hurry the other day, so I faved it and now am back to leave a comment! Great exposure and beautiful scene1
  • Marina Gondra 7y

    this is a paradise
    great colors!
  • Mohamed Iujaz Zuhair 7y

    beautiful work !! instant fav ;~D
  • mharoldsewell 7y

    Good luck with making your journey to Reunion Island...yes, I know about Reunion from my radio days...have not been there but would like to someday also...the ND filter looks nice here, I actually could have used an ND yesterday...when I left home it was cloudy then while I was taking PIX the sun peaked through the clouds and I could not get long exposures like I wanted...see ya...have a nice day...Mike
  • William Redman 7y

    Awsome shot 2 thumbs up.
  • wakedawg 7y

    My god. This picture makes me feel so small, I love it!
  • joanne weissman 7y

    truly beautiful
  • mike stammberger 7y

    your waterfall set is absolutely stunning!! great colors and clarity here-great work!
  • Photography Photography 7y

    undeniably attractive
  • Nuragic Man~A bit busy 7y

    Wonderful and magic landscape.
  • Christine Grace 6y

    Whoa, fabulous!
  • Graham Pile - GP Images Photography 6y

    stunning location and photo.
  • kunst.freiheit 6y

    This is amazing; it looks ethereal...
  • ameliaaahx 5y

    Beautiful image, looks like a scene from a fiary tale.

    I'm from New Zealand, good luck making your way here some day. :)
  • Douglas Thorne 5y

    this is amazing!
    well done!
  • cl4nd3stin3 5y

    so beatiful... i want to go there!!!
  • Gone Under Sea 4y

  • russell watson 4y

    beautiful shot man, and I'd never heard of Reunion Island either but it's certainly on my radar now. Thanks for the link.
  • M Mourik 3y

    Excellent photo and a beautiful place!
  • Nat.Images 2y

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