Fall Returns

A weekend forecast of high winds and rains drove me into the Gorge before all of the color was blown from the trees. I've tried each year to create a good fall image of Elowah Falls and always come up empty. It can be a hit-or-miss place to shoot. Often the contrast between the brightness of the upper falls and the lower creek bed/ vegetation is so great the resulting image appears harsh. On this day the lighting was pretty much perfect. I could have used so more water flow volume and several dozen more leaves placed by nature (I'm not one to collect epic leaves on the hike in and arrange them for a shot). The rains held off just long enough, then started dumping just as I hiked up the access trail. I have some other ideas for fall shooting in the Gorge, so I hope conditions stick around a bit longer. Hope others were able to get out this weekend!

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Taken on October 23, 2010