Panther Creek, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Carson, Washington, USA
Canon 5DII, 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 64mm, CPL
I’m ambivalent about the name of this piece only because it might imply something a touch ferocious and threatening when it should be nothing but serene, but the wordplay and suggestive framing were too much to pass up (for me, anyway). And I didn’t like “The Eye of the Panther” because that sounded too much like “Eye of the Tiger,” and that would just be too much cheesiness to inflict upon you, my dear friends. Plus I couldn’t think of anything else, so there.
In any case, I discovered this idyllic scene while we were searching for the unbelievable Panther Creek Falls and started off by exploring in the right direction minus 180 degrees (as is our custom). We followed what we thought was a pretty clear user path through the heavy underbrush and then bushwhacked a bit when the trail dissolved into the foliage before the ol’ college try had lost its novelty.
I happened upon this scene on the way back to the road and liked the framing on the creek. Thank goodness for Ultrathon™, because the mosquitoes were looking like my niece does whenever she’s within shouting distance of a birthday cake.
As for the falls, it will definitely be revisited. We were a bit rushed with the day coming to an end and the work week looming, and this is a falls that merits a good hour or two with its myriad possibilities. Google it, and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
Thanks as always for the view!