What's Big And Blue, And Looks Like Something I'd Love To Jump Into?

There's just no other waterfall quite like this one in the Gorge. It really has its own unique quality. When I'm awkwardly perched on that jagged rock, never quite able to get comfortable, and refreshed by the occasional wave of spray, I often feel like I've been transported to some tropical paradise. Birds are often flying around the basin and hanging out, as I do, on other large jagged rocks. Kindred spirits wishing to glimpse a moment of beauty.


Although I was here recently with Greg, I went again last night. I thought there were good odds that the waterfall would be shrouded in shadow a couple hours before sunset. It made me think that I really ought to create a list of waterfalls that would be completely enveloped in shade later in the day. I think the list would actually be rather large. It's good to know that, even on a hot and sunny day, you can still get the light you're looking for in the Gorge.


Special thanks to Matt Abinante for providing me with directions to this waterfall a while back.

  • Andrew Kumler 3y

    Nice work man. Morning light works even better in my opinion. And those birds you speak of are American Dippers. Awesome little birds.
  • Jay 3y

    Looks like a perfect dreamy romantic setting! The beauty is very well caught :)
  • Gregory Pepion 3y

    That aqua blue water looks great in the evening light. This is beautiful, Patrick. I'm sure that list will be an impressive one. :)
  • Lance McCoy 3y

    Patrick, your words regarding the making of this photograph, convey a
    grateful heart. Even light without the sun is always the best for shooting
    waterfalls, so any kind of thoughtful preparation can save the day.

    Spirit Falls-----aptly named I might add :)
  • Karma Groovy 3y

    Beautiful image and well composed Patrick. I always enjoy your travelogue-like prose; it's such a nice bonus.
  • Nick Nieto 3y

    very nice --- love the tones you got int he evening shade. When out on a hike to punchbowl and hated the light - my first time visiting and used it more as scouting trip than anything else. If you ever need someone to shoot a waterfall in the morning or evening send me a message.
  • Patrick 3y

    Andrew - Thank you! And thanks for the name of the birds in the area.

    Jay - Thank you very much! It really is an awesome location.

    Greg - Thanks! The blue water is definitely what sets this apart from many other waterfalls in the area. It's just so cool!

    Lance - It's hard not to be grateful when you live so close to so much beauty. I probably feel the same way about the Gorge that you do about the Olympics.

    Russ - Thanks, Russ! That's really nice of you to say. I always hope that people enjoy a little of what I write, in addition to the photos. I'm actually a little disappointed when I see cool photographs and no words to go with them. It's like, "You went to this amazing place and have nothing at all to say about it?! Are you even human?" It's crazy. I like to think of it as an extra feature on a DVD. I want to know about the behind-the-scenes info. That's what gets my blood pumping.

    Nick - Thanks! A scouting trip can pay big dividends. I was thinking about getting a group of people together a couple times over the summer for photo outings. I'll let you know when I get things moving.
  • Danielle Nelson 3y

    Looks like a gorgeous place. Love the combo of the green and blue.
  • S. P. Arrow 3y

    That blue water is just pristine.
  • Jason Haley 3y

    Very nice!
  • Ina Ballerina 3y

    Great shot.
  • HartwellPhotography 3y

    Fantastic compo, tones, and colour
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Taken on July 7, 2012
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