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Spirit Falls, Study 2 by greglief Spirit Falls, Study 2 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, Nikon 18-200 lens, circular polarizer, f/25, 1/3 seconds, Bogen/Manfrotto tripod, and plenty of lens paper to battle the continuous spray!)

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63impala Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
nice
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! It's much more impressive in person, but I do what I can to share these places with people. :)
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely worth all your effort to get the shot as it looks like a stunning place. the details are wonderful and I particularly like the pale blue colour of the water at the bottom left.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment!
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
definitely worth all the efforts..beautiful place..beautifully captured! :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, Addam!
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veinne Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite shot, definitely worth the trip there :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Awesome shot!!! Glad you made it back in one piece! Beautiful waterfall!
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Steve!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
You're welcome! :-D
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krissydice Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the hints of blue in the water
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Same here. :)
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goldengirl11 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow....but well worth your adventure.......
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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veinne Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent shot :)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much!
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kram666 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
great photo Greg :-)

"To learn how to use your head, you have to go out of your mind."
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Mark!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, David!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome greg
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Meema Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very very cool. I'd love to see this first hand.
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greglief Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If you plan to visit the Columbia Gorge, send me a private message and I can send you information on how to get to it.
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Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful shot ;)
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greglief Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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