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Sun May 4, 2014, 06:51 PM

Water Falling Over Things 2014: Part II (Up The Creeks)

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It being the ideal weather for waterfall photography (in other words, gloomy with on-and-off rain), I spent Saturday in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest south of Mount St. Helens, searching out a series of falls which, coincidentally enough, all included "Creek" in their name.

First up, on the way to the "bigger shows," was a distant view of Rock Creek Falls along route 530.





Shortly thereafter, Curly Creek Falls - a unique demonstration of the erosive property of falling water - offers the unusual feature of a rock arch framing the drop.





Big Creek Falls provided a little bit of unexpected drama. Supposedly, according to the most-commonly-used guide (apparently written several years ago) you simply park at the signed parking lot and take the well-marked trail to the wooden observation deck. Which would be convenient, if there was still a sign. Or a parking lot. Or a trail. Or a wooden deck. Instead, the Forest Service, apparently confronted by maintenance challenges beyond their control but not simply wanting to publicly close the trail, took the rather Orwellian tack of deciding this was an "un-waterfall," erecting wooden stumps in front of the lot entrance, removing all signage, and letting the trail deteriorate, making this supposed easy walk into more of a light bushwhack. I saw no signs of a wooden deck; but there was a gravel-filled "platform," from which you could get an obstructed view of the fall.





Along Lewis River Road, there were a number of small unnamed roadside waterfalls that looked substantial enough to not be seasonal. While some were forgettable, this one, located about a half-mile west of Big Creek Falls, was quite photogenic.





Finally, I looped back over McClellan Pass to Wind River Road, for the ultimate goal of this trip, Panther Creek Falls, one of the most unusual waterfalls in the Northwest.





What makes Panther Creek Falls distinctive is that the creek itself splits into several branches before the fall, each coming down from a different direction and pattern.





This allows not only for a nice overall view, but some wonderful opportunities for detail shots.










(Not sure whether I prefer the one above as a horizontal or vertical.)








All-in-all, a great way to spend a weekend day during a Northwest spring. Here's hoping we get more gloomy weather ahead, as there are a number of other locations I'm wanting to get to in the next month or so!

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Reply Water Falling Over Things 2014: Part II (Up The Creeks) (Original post)
regnaD kciN May 2014 OP
elleng May 2014 #1
CaliforniaPeggy May 2014 #2
regnaD kciN May 2014 #8
CaliforniaPeggy May 2014 #11
Curmudgeoness May 2014 #3
northoftheborder May 2014 #4
Mira May 2014 #5
Solly Mack May 2014 #6
KC May 2014 #7
mnhtnbb May 2014 #9
denbot May 2014 #10
panader0 May 2014 #12
Dyedinthewoolliberal May 2014 #13
passiveporcupine May 2014 #14
F4lconF16 May 2014 #17
CrispyQ May 2014 #15
Mz Pip May 2014 #16
oldandhappy May 2014 #18
valerief May 2014 #19
brer cat May 2014 #20
Beartracks May 2014 #21
Plucketeer May 2014 #22
AsahinaKimi May 2014 #23
toby jo May 2014 #24
Chellee May 2014 #25

Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 07:01 PM

1. These are OUTSTANDING!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 07:05 PM

2. Oh wow, these are just extraordinary and amazing.

How about a book of them?

I'd sure buy one, no matter the price. I mean it.

You do such extraordinary work.

SO BEAUTIFUL.

Thank you.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Mon May 5, 2014, 03:12 AM

8. Funny you should mention it...

While nothing is set in stone (or on bound paper), I'm currently looking into that very possibility.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #8)

Mon May 5, 2014, 11:49 AM

11. That is great news. I hope you do it...

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 07:10 PM

3. These are all beautiful.

But I can see why you were really interested in Panther Creek Falls. It is truly spectacular.

Gotta give you credit for the effort you took getting to that "un-waterfalls".

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 08:49 PM

4. wonderful, beautiful shots

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 09:25 PM

5. Phenomenal

Thank you
It's impossible to choose. But the last two really speak to me.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 10:03 PM

6. K&R

Great shots!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 4, 2014, 10:57 PM

7. Wow

These are absolutely gorgeous! Really breathtaking and I can only imagine how beautiful they must be in person.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 06:53 AM

9. What great shots!

Some of them almost look like paintings. What a fun day to photograph these falls!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 11:10 AM

10. Beautiful

Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 01:53 PM

12. Great work!

I know the area. Years ago I worked in the woods near Mt Hood in Oregon. I could see Mt St Helens from my units, before the mountain blew up.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 03:58 PM

13. Thanks!

These are great shots of the Evergreen State

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 06:30 PM

14. Panther Creek Falls is like a beautiful chandelier

It's one of the most delicate and striking waterfalls I've ever seen.

Oh, and that natural rock arch is just gorgeous. I wish it would last forever.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #14)

Thu May 8, 2014, 03:02 AM

17. Isn't that one of the best things about water, though?

It's completely transitory. What beauty we see today may forever be gone ten years from now, and in its place, left something just as amazing. I love looking at the etched walls of a small creek running through stone and knowing that someday that path, that waterfall farther on, these incredible sandstone patterns will change. There's something about movement in the natural world that is just absolutely fascinating to me. Though that arch will probably stand for the remainder of our lifetime, it gives me a good feeling that someday someone else will look at that waterfall after the arch has crumbled and see something that no one has ever seen before, and that is just as beautiful as the day this picture was taken.

As for the photos, they capture the essence of the area. There's something about an overcast, slightly rainy day in the forests of the northwest that is impossible for me to describe. Sincere thanks to RegnaD kciN for these.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 5, 2014, 10:06 PM

15. Fab slideshow!

Thanks for sharing!

The ribbons of water are lovely, but that last one, with the brilliant green, that we've seen before, but now standing front and center in the image, so nice!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Tue May 6, 2014, 07:38 PM

16. These are beautiful.

I am envious of your water.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 12:25 PM

18. These are beautiful.

Thank you for posting the pictures. Lovely. And yes, especially Panther Falls. I liked the series of separate shots. So intricate. And all one fall. wow

You have a good eye and are skilled. Really appreciated the photos. I live in southern Ca so to see all that water is wonderful!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:20 PM

19. Gorgeous. But for some reason I have the urge to do number one. :) nt

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 08:28 PM

20. Wow! Spectular shots. nt

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu May 8, 2014, 10:33 PM

21. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs.

Beautiful work!

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Fri May 9, 2014, 09:42 AM

22. Great photos!

 

Really inspiring for one stuck here in the dusty, drought-stricken central valley of California.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Sun May 11, 2014, 12:12 PM

23. The Best waterfall I ever experienced personally was in

MOOREA TAHITI







The water was bathtub warm and you could swim in it. Fresh enough to drink, and tastes like citrus water... But, Just being in
Tahiti was enough!! Fantastic.




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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 11:20 AM

24. Shots of beauty, regnaD.

 

Running water has that eternal voice, especially when it's falling over rocks.

I have a creek around the back of my property, and there's several small falls. They mesmerize me. I'll go down there every so often and get lost for hours. Everybody I take down there wants the same thing: can I camp here, can I buy an acre from you, can I come here more often ? It's magical. Bit of a hike, but that's ok.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Mon May 12, 2014, 11:50 PM

25. Amazing!

These are just beautiful, and you are incredibly talented.

Thank you for sharing them.

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