Picture of the Day -
October 10, 2009
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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
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"
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
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Name: Rick Rouse
Town: Abingdon, VA
Fantastic image Rocky. I never tire of seeing wonderful waterfall
Name: Martin Landsberg
Town: Houston, TX
Mr. Rockwell, your work is amazing. Please keep them coming!
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Just the kind of “microscape” I enjoy discovering myself, Rocky.
Wonderful capture, and of course, the usual wonderful narrative.
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
Name: Bill Flanagan
Town: Winchester, VA
This would look great hanging on my living room wall!
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