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    Wahclella Falls: further evidence that the Pacific Northwest exists in a fairytale.

    I spent close to two hours wandering around this place a week or two ago... up hillsides, down hillsides, up rocks, up ledges, up piles of scree. I've been to this waterfall a number of times, but each time I go I'm stunned that such places truly do exist - these places, full of such beauty that little room is left for much else. Every time I go, every time I round that corner of the trail to experience the thundering roar, the freezing spray, the greens so lush they hurt my eyes - I'm transfixed. Thoughts, worries, sadness - those things let loose of my head and heart and leach down though my feet and out into the ground. In the sudden vacuum that remains, wonderment rushes in and fills me to the brim. The heart lurches, the lips tug up in a grin, the eyes widen. And, after a while, my hands find their way to a camera, and I begin.

    Image made with a Zero Image 2000.

    [ blair stretch ], Dirty Camera, and 97 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. *iris-hues* 37 months ago | reply

      it looks a long lost dream, a hidden secret discovered in abrupt time
      as if i am standing there hearing the torrent and their run over those boulders
      and the lightest of the pebbles at the same time, while they go about in a milky flow
      the green hues soothe my eyes and make my dull winter day a sudden delight

    2. jrobblee 37 months ago | reply

      Love the exposure in this!!! So dreamlike! Beautiful green in contrast to the white of the water. Love this

    3. andipantz 37 months ago | reply

      So many flickr photographers have been posting photos of Wahclella falls and it's making me insanely jealous! It's one of my favorite waterfalls for the reasons you mentioned--when you round the corner and it all opens to that huge sea of green!

    4. Rusé 37 months ago | reply

      A stunning image and your words really add to the enjoyment of the photograph

    5. kiowas 37 months ago | reply

      wow,what an amazing place!

    6. Grant Walter 37 months ago | reply

      if you put a book together I would buy it in a heartbeat

    7. Zeb Andrews 37 months ago | reply

      Oh wow, I don't ever remember having seen this image before, which makes it all the more enjoyable now. And you are right, there is always a sort of land-that-time-forgot feel to this spot.

    8. LunaliteSBC 37 months ago | reply

      Absolutely STUNNING!!!!

    9. ThePlanetEris 37 months ago | reply

      pinhole is a kind of prayer
      this is a beauty, a second eden

    10. FrederikoR 37 months ago | reply

      I love this place - and your capture of it is breathtaking

    11. J.Sod 37 months ago | reply

      Viva the Pacific Northwest! Lovely capture, and thanks for bringing to my attention another hike to put on my to-do list. Always a good thing.

    12. Keith Kamicar 37 months ago | reply

      That is a beautiful waterfall!

    13. Mark Bilton 37 months ago | reply

      Wow, just stunning. Maybe the best picture I have seen this year !!!

      Did you need to use an ND or were the light levels low enough to get the slow speeds you needed?

    14. manyfires 37 months ago | reply

      No, no ND necessary with a pinhole camera. Exposures are always anywhere from 1 second to 8 minutes or so when I am out in the Gorge or in a forest. This was about a two minute exposure.

    15. monilague 37 months ago | reply

      Excellent composition, beautiful colors and light.

      [ via flickriver explore  --monilague ]

    16. {no rest for the wicked} 37 months ago | reply

      Splendid color, Danielle.

    17. Standard Deluxe 37 months ago | reply

      A breathtaking view Danielle. So dense and luscious. Beautiful long exposure.

    18. Andrey Timofeev 37 months ago | reply

      Great effect!

    19. .nicole.marie. 37 months ago | reply

      Seriously like a dream!

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