Mossy Meandering-Proxy Falls in Oregon

    Proxy Falls spreads out and drops in curtains over two hundred feet before tumbling through moss covered logs and rocks in the  Willamette National Forest in Oregon.
    Proxy Falls spreads out and drops in curtains over two hundred feet before tumbling through moss covered logs and rocks in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.

    I wandered along in the fresh snow trying to make out the trail in my search for Proxy Falls. Everything I had read said it should be easy to get to, but since I was the first one on the trail, I was having to really work at it. I managed to find Upper Proxy Falls first and spent some time there before continuing my quest. After a few wrong turns and a little backtracking I came upon the sign I was looking for and made my (more…)

    Frenzied Flow-Koosah Falls in Oregon

    The McKenzie River crashes over Koosah Falls, creating a cloud of mist that fills the vibrant green valley below in the Willamette National Forest in central Oregon.
    The McKenzie River crashes over Koosah Falls, creating a cloud of mist that fills the vibrant green valley below in the Willamette National Forest in central Oregon.

    A steady light rain continued to fall as I arrived at the parking area above Koosah Falls. I was already drenched after stopping at Sahalie Falls just up the road, so it didn’t really matter. There wasn’t any way I could get any more soaked so I packed up my gear and headed towards the falls. The trail takes you to an overlook right on the edge that lets you look straight down into the pool below. The (more…)

    Secluded Tranquility-Upper Butte Creek Falls in Oregon

    Upper Butte Creek Falls drops gracefully over a wide undercut ledge into a large pool surrounded with greenery in the Santiam State Forest in northwest Oregon.
    Upper Butte Creek Falls drops gracefully over a wide undercut ledge into a large pool surrounded with greenery in the Santiam State Forest in northwest Oregon.

    One of the highlights of any trip to shoot waterfalls in Oregon is a stop by Silver Falls State Park east of Salem. I did just that this morning. But this isn’t a picture of any of the falls in the park. Nope, this is one of a couple of falls on Butte Creek not far from there. You see, it was raining so hard when I got (more…)

    Shrouded in Green-Upper Proxy Falls in Oregon

    Upper Proxy Falls cascades over a rocky ledge and twists and turns its way through a jumble of vibrant green moss-covered rocks and logs in the Willamette National Forest outside of Sisters, Oregon.
    Upper Proxy Falls cascades over a rocky ledge and twists and turns its way through a jumble of vibrant green moss-covered rocks and logs in the Willamette National Forest outside of Sisters, Oregon.

    A trip to Oregon to shoot waterfalls wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Proxy Falls outside of Sisters, Oregon. I had planned the day to hit Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls along Highway 126 in the morning and then follow Highway 242 to Proxy Falls and then on over to Sisters where I would stop for the night. I guess when you are only looking at a (more…)

    Headlong Plunge-Tumalo Falls outside of Bend, Oregon

    Tumalo Falls plunges over 80 feet from the top of a sheer basalt wall and drops into a narrow gorge outside of Bend, Oregon in the Deschutes National Forest.
    Tumalo Falls plunges over 80 feet from the top of a sheer basalt wall and drops into a narrow gorge outside of Bend, Oregon in the Deschutes National Forest.

    A little rain always makes shooting waterfalls a lot easier. It eliminates the extreme contrast from bright daylight shining on white water, intensifies the colors in the scene, and allows for longer exposure times to add a silky effect to the flow. I was very fortunate to have many rainy or overcast days on my trip to the Pacific Northwest this (more…)

    Boulder Dance-McKay Crossing Falls in Oregon

    Paulina Creek gracefully flows over McKay Crossing Falls and twists and turns its way through a rocky gorge in Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.
    Paulina Creek gracefully flows over McKay Crossing Falls and twists and turns its way through a rocky gorge in Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.

    The skies were clear when I packed up and left Bend, Oregon this morning and headed south. It made me wonder if my chances of shooting any waterfalls that day were going to be slim to none. I was working my way down to the Willamette Pass area and had scoped out a couple of falls around the Newberry National Volcanic Monument that I (more…)

    Verdant Valley Thunder-Salt Creek Falls in Oregon

    Salt Creek Falls plunges 286 feet over a massive basalt wall and into a lush valley lined with vibrant grass in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.
    Salt Creek Falls plunges 286 feet over a massive basalt wall and into a lush valley lined with vibrant grass in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.

    A few miles west of Willamette Pass on Highway 58 is the parking area for Salt Creek Falls. A short walk leads to a guarded viewing area along the edge of the sheer basalt wall that the falls plunge over. The view is quite remarkable. I had seen pictures of this area and was always amazed at how green the valley looked. It wasn’t until seeing it with (more…)

    Diamond in the Rough-Diamond Creek Falls in Oregon

    Diamond Creek Falls tumble over 100 feet down a broad, jagged basalt rock wall where Diamond Creek then turns sharply and continues around mossy rocks in the Willamette National Forest in central Oregon.
    Diamond Creek Falls tumble over 100 feet down a broad, jagged basalt rock wall where Diamond Creek then turns sharply and continues around mossy rocks in the Willamette National Forest in central Oregon.

    It was a bit of a trek to get to Diamond Falls, especially in a steady rain. With temps in the thirties, it made for a chilly hike as well! Not that I didn’t try to get out of having to hike a little over a mile each way mind you. The directions I followed mentioned being able to drive back close to the falls, so that is what I attempted first. I took the gravel road (more…)

    Graceful Emergence-Rough Rider Falls in Oregon

    The Rogue River emerges from dense woods and flows over Rough Rider Falls before fanning out in a mossy glen in the Rogue River National Forest in southern Oregon.
    The Rogue River emerges from dense woods and flows over Rough Rider Falls before fanning out in a mossy glen in the Rogue River National Forest in southern Oregon.

    The journey to get to Rough Rider Falls turned out to be a bit of an adventure. I had read from a couple of different sources that the quickest way to get there was to bushwhack through the woods rather than hike for a little more than five miles along the Rogue River Trail. Made sense to me, so I plugged the GPS coordinates into my (more…)

    Rugged Tumble-National Creek Falls in Oregon

    National Creek Falls splits and tumbles down a jagged basalt wall before falling into a shallow moss filled grotto in the Rogue River National Forest in southern Oregon.
    National Creek Falls splits and tumbles down a jagged basalt wall before falling into a shallow moss filled grotto in the Rogue River National Forest in southern Oregon.

    The morning started with clearing a good six inches of heavy wet snow off the windshield of the Jeep in the parking lot of Crater Lake Lodge. The night spent there was relatively unproductive for photography to say the least. The ranger at the park entrance told us that we wouldn’t be able to see the lake but we already had reservations at the (more…)