“Green Mile”
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA
1304-4-1852 [2:1]

A short one-mile roundtrip hike above Historic Highway 30 in the Columbia River Gorge is a section of falls on Horsetail Creek called Upper Horsetail Falls, or Ponytail Falls. Ponytail Falls drop 88 feet into a large pool, before cascading further down Horsetail Creek. The trail takes hikers right under the falls, and most capture the falls from that perspective. I decided to capture a panorama from the base of the falls, well within the spray range, making shooting difficult. I took my time to setup the shot, wiped the lens free of water spots, then fired this single exposure. Springtime added to the serene moment with a lime-green canopy covering nearly all surfaces. Amazing!


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  • Durandal7
    Durandal7over 1 year ago

    This really is an amazing shot, I know first-hand that shots around water (especially rivers) can be tricky but you did a really good job with it!

  • Thank you so much! It was an incredible moment, that’s for sure! Such a beautiful place!

    – Chad Dutson

  • Loisb
    Loisbabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful, well worth the hike.

  • Thank you!!

    – Chad Dutson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies10 months ago

    Gorgeous scene, beautiful color, light, detail and composition!

  • Imi Koetz
    Imi Koetz10 months ago

    amazing capture, Chad, beautiful light………………Imi…………..

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature10 months ago

    This is an AWESOME picture! Your work is featured on December 1, 2013, and I thank you for sharing it with the group FERNS AND MOSSES AROUND THE WORLD.

    View your announcement and see all the features in large format HERE


  • lorilee
    lorilee10 months ago


  • Kathleen Daley
    Kathleen Daley10 months ago

    wow, what a beautiful scene! love the greens and your pov!!

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