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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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quetristevida Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
The clarity is amazing, and the water flow creates a dramatic composition! :)
COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So gorgeous!! The water is extra special!
greglief Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
foliey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Georgeous! :D I love it! :D
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:
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.
kokinomala Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
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!!!
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
abenham Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Wonderful image.
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