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Not many people get to see the springs up the hill from Proxy Falls, because there is no trail leading to them. In fact, I'll wager that this may be the first (and perhaps the last) time that you ever see a photo of them. Full View recommended for better appreciation of all that green mossy goodness. :)

(Technical details: Nikon D90, Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod, Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX lens, B+W Circular Polarizer, f/11, 2.5 seconds)

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This is one view of nearby Proxy Falls:

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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If this is the last time this scene is to be photographed, then what a wonderful capture it is. Though I think this would also be a magnificent sight in the winter (if Proxy Falls isn't tropical; I'm not sure what part of the world it's in), though I'd imagine getting there would be monumentally more difficult if it did get cold enough to freeze.
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greglief Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It might be the first and last time. Although a fair number of people visit Proxy Falls (though only a tiny fraction of the people who visit other Oregon waterfalls such as Multnomah), I am not aware of any other people who have visited Proxy Springs. I agree with you that it would be MUCH more difficult to visit during the winter, as is Proxy Falls. For one thing, the road leading to the trailhead is closed during the winter due to snow, so it would involve an additional 6+ mile hike (probably with snowshoes).
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iceofwolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That... would be intense, I can only imagine. However, if that area gets that much snow, the view just might not be worth it. Snow is pretty and all, but if that's the only thing you're getting a picture of, it'd be easier to just take a picture off the road, right? :XD: (Except for the obvious achievement of photographing that specific place.)
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This whole series is absolutely astounding, Greg ~ what a glorious area ~ and thanks so much for sharing these beautiful captures! :deviation: :camera: :love: Coco

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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome!! ^^
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I like the way the moss is right down next to the water!! Great capture Greg!!
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Steve! The moss never ends here.
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
You're welcome Greg!
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nightwish87 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
wow - amazing shot!
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Nice work again! Think I'll go over and photograph the Santa Ana river if it ever gets water in it!

Walt
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greglief Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Walt!
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tehuti Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh. Lush. :wow:
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! It was extremely lush. :D
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Beautiful!!!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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hikester Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Lovely stream photo! When is spring here again? Not soon enough.
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DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
(I only care for the wider angle btw, I know that the nikkor rocks at 24mm but the long end of a wide angle lens doesn't bother me)
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DimensionSeven Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
How would you compare the sharpness of the 11-16 and the nikon 12-24 on the D90 - if you ever tried to compare?
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wekuu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
WOW! I want to visit places like that too :)
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
How kind of you to take the time to capture a photograph of such a treasure and share it with others. Lovely capture. :)

-- Mitch
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for your kind words!
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Not a problem!

-- Mitch
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abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO BEAUTIFUL
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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abhishek-mitra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome
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desmo100 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
This is my idea of heaven. What a beautiful natural spot! I'll bet it was quite a hike to get up there.
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it was definitely a bit messy. I was actually trying to get to another waterfall which is upstream from Proxy Falls. It is on the USGS topo maps, so I know that it exists. I didn't make it... I shall have to return and try a different route. But I literally stumbled upon these springs, so it was not a wasted trip. :D
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010   General Artist
great exposure and colours!
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purefire3 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
wonderful
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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OursonMagique Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This shot is superb, very well done. :clap:
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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11thDimensionPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn nice spot & shot, Greg! Well worth the effort.
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, sir! I got pretty messy and sore in the process.
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11thDimensionPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome. I'll bet! I've done a climb about halfway up on the left side when facing the fall. My attempt to stay out of the rain & mist by remaining under the tree line. A wet & miserable day it was. Pretty much a failure as far as shots went too. Proxy is an amazing fall on basically every occasion. Can't complain about any day spent in this beautiful wilderness.
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I know precisely what you are referring to about staying under the trees... I have tried that myself, but unfortunately the best vantage points involve getting out in the open. And I agree completely... even if it is too sunny for photographs, even if it is wet and rainy, I am always happy to visit Proxy Falls. :D
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
this is quite stunning Greg :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
you're welcome :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
really gorgeous greg
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, David!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome Greg@
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adamlack Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Lush scenery, great capture. Perhaps a bit oversaturated if I'm feeling really critical, but still a brilliant image. Well worth the effort :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Adam! About the saturation, the funny thing is that this is exactly how it looked... it is indeed a very green and lush location.
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adamlack Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, well then I take it back - fantastic capture of an amazing location! :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No need to take it back! :D It does look very saturated. I call it my "Oregon filter". :rofl:
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adamlack Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha, that's a good name for it! :D
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