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Picture of the Day - October 10, 2009

"Falling Water"

Photo of a gorgeous waterfall in an autumn setting.
Photo and narrative by Winston "Rocky" Rockwell.             (Click on the photo for a larger view)

I'd taken a trip up into the Cascade Mountains looking for out-of-the-way places to photograph, and discovered a small stream a bit over an hour's drive from home that offered some nice opportunities. To reach it required 4-wheel drive and a bit of scrambling along a boulder-strewn creek bed, but the spot was well worth the effort. Unfortunately, by the time I found it, the daylight was all but gone, and I had to postpone shooting for another day.

The weather forecast for the next week or so called for rain, and I figured I'd better get back before the monsoons set in, so I returned the next day. Though it was a bit brighter, the creek was in a forested area, and was still mostly in shade. Nonetheless, when I got back to this spot, the light was perfect... soft and subdued, with just enough highlights to give depth, so I set up my tripod and took this shot. The light, the soft flow of the water, the rich earth tones of the rocks, the fallen leaf from the vine maple on the bank above, all combined to make this one of my favorite "microscape" images.

I suspect no one, not even those few who occasionally camp along this stream, has ever paid the slightest attention to this little cascade. But that's what makes it special. No grand, sweeping vista, no spectacular scenic view... just a quiet woodland stream, remote and unspoiled, where the hand of man has yet to leave its mark. The kind of place where one can sit on a rock and breathe in the rich, damp smell of the forest, where the only sound is the gentle murmur of water flowing between the stones, and where the rest of the world seems a thousand miles away.

I will go back.

This photograph was taken with a Canon EOS 40D and Tamron SP24-135 lens at 77mm, 1.3 second exposure at f/7.1, using a remote shutter release. Please visit for more of my images.
Visitor Comments...
    Name: Rick Rouse
    Town: Abingdon, VA

    Fantastic image Rocky. I never tire of seeing wonderful waterfall shots. 
    Name: Martin Landsberg
    Town: Houston, TX

    Mr. Rockwell, your work is amazing. Please keep them coming!

    Name: Ed Morrison
    Town: Dunwoody, GA


    Name: Gordon Brugman
    Town: Gatlinburg, TN

    Just the kind of “microscape” I enjoy discovering myself, Rocky. Wonderful capture, and of course, the usual wonderful narrative. Thanks.

    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    Another splendid photo Rocky!! You sure do get out and find some incredible places to photograph. This is such a small section of the area that you were in, but the beauty that you were able to pull out of it is breathtaking. Thanks again for sharing your incredible eye with us.

    Name: Bill Flanagan
    Town: Winchester, VA

    This would look great hanging on my living room wall!

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