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again with the magic: elowah falls

Elowah never ceases to amaze me. My first visit to this falls, during the summer, left me in awe. This visit, just today, astounded me to an ever greater degree.

 

Of the seven waterfalls I have visited and photographed in the past two days, Elowah ranks the highest. I knew it would be something special as soon as I rounded the corner into the falls and saw, some distance ahead of me, a world of white. As I neared the scene, its otherworldliness made my mouth hang open - the deep layer of ice over everything, the way the water plummeted into a hole in the ice, the surreal blue hue at the base of the falls. To top it all off, I was the only one there - like a visitor just landing on an unknown planet. Sounds dramatic, I know, but I'm not exaggerating the awe this place inspired in me.

 

If any of you have time, I highly reccomend that you see this falls in the next couple of days, or while the weather stays cold. The majority of the trail (99%) is free of snow and ice (and it's less than a mile long). Even the ice surrounding Elowah is easy to negotiate, or at least, it was today - it had a certain texture to it. I was able to walk with relative ease down the path in the foreground and across the bridge.

 

After I had been at Elowah for a while (finishing a roll from my Pentax and an entire roll of pinhole), a family of four came along. I chatted with the father (a pastor) briefly while the two boys clambored down the bridge and fought each other with icicles. Other than that family, no one visited Elowah while I was there... not that I mind, because the solitude accentuated the atmosphere.

 

All in all, a wonderful day at the Gorge... and I can't wait to get my film from the past two days developed! Hope that some of you can make it out to see this falls.

 

(For the Flickr On Location group, a short video of this surreal world can be found here.

 

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Taken on January 15, 2007