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Burney Falls

Day 2 in Redding shooting with Chaybert (Brian Rueb) and we found ourselves with little visibility and slippery roads. The goal was to get to Burney Falls but the most direct route was dicey, at best. So, after some quick iPhone scans of the local highway Webcams Brian, with his intimate knowledge of the Lassen area, saw a route we could take that would get us to Burney Falls with the least amount of snowy risk.


So there we were, driving through the winter landscapes of the Lassen National Park area rollin' in his Jeep with the low, old school, rumble of "My Posse's on Broadway" thumping his speakers. After each lyric string from Sir Mix-a-lot we would laugh out loud and comment on just how stupid that song sounded today, nearly 20 years after it was thought of as "Swass". Brian had built a compilation of 80's tunes that we grew up listening too so the 80's flashback made the 90 minute drive go quickly.


We arrived at Burney Falls and quickly decended the snowy path to the bottom of the falls. This place is massive and difficult to photograph due to it's shape, enormity and limited posibilities for composition.


Given these factors I choose to focus in on one small section (belive it or not) of the falls. This area is to the right of the main two falls and caught my eye becuause of the lush green moss fed well by the constant mist.


You can't tell, since this was a long exposure, but it was snowing quite hard the entire time we were there shooting (about 45 minutes).

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Taken on December 21, 2008