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Spirit Falls, Study 1 by greglief Spirit Falls, Study 1 by greglief
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There are numerous waterfalls entitled Spirit Falls. This particular one is located in the Columbia River Gorge near Cook, Washington, along the Little White Salmon River. It is very popular among kayakers, but does not get many pedestrian visitors because there is no trail. Access is not for the faint of heart/knee/lung... it requires a short but very steep descent on a crumbly talus slope (app. 500 foot elevation drop in 1/3 mile).

If the knee-busting descent were not enough, there is also some poison oak along the way to keep things "interesting". Plus, when you finally arrive at the lower vantage point, you have to scramble across a rock face, then find a way to position both yourself and the tripod on a small rock wall. Unlike some waterfalls where there is space to relax and enjoy the view, you literally have to stay on your toes here. But I feel that the effort is worthwhile.

NOTE: When displayed at its default size, the photo may appear a bit "soft". FULL VIEW is highly recommended for better appreciation of detail.

(Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16 lens, circular polarizer, f/22, 1/2.5 seconds, Bogen/Manfrotto tripod, and lots of lens paper to battle the continuous spray!)

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:iconquetristevida:
quetristevida Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
The clarity is amazing, and the water flow creates a dramatic composition! :)
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So gorgeous!! The water is extra special!
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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foliey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Georgeous! :D I love it! :D
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arualcat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This is absolutely and really wonderful! I simply love the effect of the water and the colors of the photography! A very beautiful image :iconiloveitplz: :iconilikeitplz:
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks so beautiful especially with the slight blue tone to the water. The capture is definitely worth the journey you have described to get it.
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:iconkokinomala:
kokinomala Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
beautiful:)
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ss03101991 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i see this one everytime i log in. i sooooooooo want to go here and do some photography!! WOW!!!
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
:wow:
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:iconabenham:
abenham Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Wonderful image.
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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ss03101991 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
spectacular!
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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:iconrais1:
RAIS1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fabulous shot :)
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconrais1:
RAIS1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome :)
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KobraPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work. The colours and the flow are incredible
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
lovely exposure and colours :nod:
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Dan!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012   General Artist
welcome :D
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot Greg! :)
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Paul!
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome Greg! :)
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous capture, Greg ~ love that hint of aqua in the water! :deviation: :camera: :iconmelimelo: Coco
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Coco! The water is beautiful. I tried my best to capture it, but I think it is best seen in person.
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, Greg ~ how fortunate you were able to actually be there! :hug::iconcocoplz:
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I do not take it for granted. I am very lucky to live in this part of the country. :)
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:tighthug: Coco

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:iconhikester:
hikester Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Nicely done! Very natural looking too.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! If you ever want to see it for yourself, send me a private message and I will send you directions.
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kingofbros Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I meant shotsn not 'shoota'.
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kingofbros Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The greenery around the cristale blue water fall looks lush. Both shoota are amazing.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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kingofbros Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome!!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
:-D
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kamochici Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist
beautiful.
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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kamochici Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist
welcome
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sannwald Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I agree with her who spoke before me, I like this one better.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your feedback. I think I do too, but sometimes it is difficult for me to be objective about these things.
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goldengirl11 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Both are gorgeous shots... I personally like this one better...even thought the fall itself is farther away...it is way more interesting seeing the spray and the many details of the foliage.....
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for your constructive feedback!
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rhubarb-leaf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome shot:)
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:icongreglief:
greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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Write-Then-Think Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Writer
good job making Front Page
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Did I? Thanks for telling me. I don't keep track of that sort of thing.
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Write-Then-Think Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Writer
well, you should be quite pleased
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course! :D
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Write-Then-Think Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Writer
:D
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