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The Forest of the Grande Cascade by Mieke Boynton

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Nikon D800 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO 125 • f/9 • 1/8sec • 12mm • -0.7ev
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We were driving around up in the mountains around Annecy (France) when we saw a sign to a “Grande Cascade”. Knowing how much I love waterfalls (and photographing them), Mum immediately left the road we were on and headed of on a rather large detour. But was it worth it? Oh my goodness, yes!! Wow. Unbelievable. The waterfall itself was pumping out so much water that I literally couldn’t take a photo of it. I tried (with the showercap I had packed for this purpose) but there was simply too much spray. I was drenched in about three minutes. Anyway, the best part was that the huge amount of airborne water had created this amazing rainforest in the gorge which was simply stunning. Here is the first of a number of photos I took there. The light was AWESOME!!

The website for the “Site Naturel de Seythenex” is here

I’m just an Aussie girl who’s a bit mad about photography :)

My email address is miekeboynton(at)

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Lovely light . . . beautiful!!

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Magical Mieke…I look forward to seeing more shots!

  • Ron53
    Ron53over 2 years ago

    Nice back-lit leaves. I like the moss clinging to the tree trunk. I’ve also had similar experiences with over-spray from waterfalls. I use a camera mounted on tripod and umbrella to protect the lens from water drops while setting up the camera then when I ready, I use a remote to trip the shutter. Of course there is fine spray on the lens but not enough to ruin the photo.

  • If it were only “fine spray”, I could’ve managed it, but it was like an onslaught of spray! Unbelievable. And it was so strong that there was no place sheltered from it – even from an elevated viewpoint! Ah well, you can’t get ’em all! Thanks for your explanation, Ron! Most of the time, that combination works, but here, it was like being in a horizontal downpour. Thanks again :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Robyn Lakeman
    Robyn Lakemanover 2 years ago

    Oh it’s just dazzling, like a fairytale forest. I love it! Awesome work Mieke

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenover 2 years ago

    so beautifully juicy Mieke, fabulous greens (as I’m starting to share my sea beach photo time with the local forest I’m seeing how not always easy it is to gather all that green shades that is just the perfect exposure). love the light here, and it is a joy to travel again with you in all those Frenchy places!

  • Dieter Tracey
    Dieter Traceyover 2 years ago

    oooohhh! you’ve been to green places :) how lovely!!

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 2 years ago

    Those greens. I can’t believe those greens! Another ripper, Mieke.

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful light and contrast of greens. The drooping branch points down to the tumbling stream so that the composition is very contained.

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittover 2 years ago

    Much better LARGE! Congrats!

  • Robert Mullner
    Robert Mullnerover 2 years ago

    Can see why you’d get excited about finding this little gem…such a beautiful spot indeed.

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