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Hurricane Falls (well, really Elekala Falls, but I like my name better)

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What a crazy-busy fall it's been. I chased fall color from the left to the right coast this year and man it was elusive!


I ran out to West Virgina and did a ~1200 mile drive in search of good light and excellent fall color but luck wasn't on my side. I did come away with this snap, which I took in northestern West Virginia. The falls looks bigger in the image than it actually was...I think it's the angle or something, but as I hiked along this creek I came across this little swirl of leaves stuck in an eddy.


The challenge was to setup as the rocks were slick as SNOT! I managed to precariously straddle my tripod over some rocks and then stood on a half floating log that I swore was going to break...and if it did I'd of ended up in about 3-4 feet of swampping guck!


Luckily, it held. I took nearly 100 exposures of this exact comp becuase the leaves were unique and differenet in every single one. It took me about 30 minutes of flipping throught hem all to settle on a favorite.


It's not my favorite shot but given the leaves look like the eye of a hurricane I thought I might share it.


From the east coast, I made a run up to Oregon but the color up there sucked worse than I've seen it in a long time. So, I skipped out on that and headed to Zion for an Aperture Academy Alumni Meet-up and we did a 9 mile hike into the Zion Narrows. Was a really great time, so thanks everyone that joined us!


Zion Meet-up pics here

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Taken on November 9, 2010