Panther Creek Falls III by Tula Top

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Carson, Washington, USA

Canon 5DII, 16-35mm f/2.8L II @ 16mm, CPL

Physician and passionate nature photographer based out of Portland, Oregon, USA.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topabout 3 years ago

    Taking in the sights and sounds that envelop you like a symphony orchestra within the Panther Creek Falls canyon is like an insanely guilty pleasure—it just shouldn’t be this easy to access. The entire drive is paved, and the trail is less than 500 feet downhill. Gaining this vantage point, however, does involve channeling your inner Spider-Man as you clamber down a pretty sheer cliff that can prove quite harrowing with a camera pack protruding like an alien larva from your chest. Once there, however, we were veritable kids in a candy store. We spent over an hour in this location and didn’t even get a whiff of the scenes up- and downstream from the main drop here. Needless to say, we plan on reacquainting ourselves with the Panther many more times over.

    Of note, the orange splotch in the foreground of this 30-second exposure is a slow-swirling mat of floating pine needles and wood chips entrapped in an eddy.

  • Dieter Tracey
    Dieter Traceyabout 3 years ago

    Love your work, TT. After striking out on a day’s waterfall photography last week I’m especially appreciative of your talents just now! Neat trick with that first comment too, will keep your approach in mind. Cheers mate

  • Thanks, Dieter. I’m guessing you’ve underestimating what you captured, but I will say that the learning curve for waterfalls isn’t as steep as for mountain scapes, FWIW. That’s why I’m hesitant to take too much credit for what are already beautiful subjects!

    – Tula Top

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineabout 3 years ago

    Those downed trees look huge Tula and I love the moss. We just don’t seem to get as much moss around the waterfalls I go to. Beautiful!

  • Thanks, Tim! Yeah, living in the soggy Pac Northwest does have its perks. Those trees are maybe a foot and a half, two feet in diameter if that offers you some frame of reference. They’re actually pretty average in terms of size—not uncommon to get 5-8-foot-diameter behemoths in some of the preserved old growth forests around here!

    – Tula Top

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Nice capture Tula

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Tula Top

  • Joe Powell
    Joe Powellabout 3 years ago

    You always seem to out do yourself Tula, I say “just can’t get better than this” and you seemingly say oh yes Joe(LOL). This is a magnificent image Tula, composition Perfect, exposure Perfect, light Perfect, color Perfect, description, yes, Perfect. Beautiful work!

  • I don’t know about all that, but I’m certainly thankful and happy to hear you like this one, Joe. Incredibly appreciated and inspiring. Thanks again, my friend.

    – Tula Top

  • snapitnc
    snapitncabout 3 years ago

    fantastic image mr falls,love the flow on this one tula,cheers mike

  • Many thanks, Mr. Oaky. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    A beautifully composed image Tula !

  • Thank you, Trish! I was working fast with the fading light and my hiking partner (::ahem::, Mom) being all unreasonable and not wanting to scale the cliff back to the main trail in the dark. ;)

    – Tula Top

  • John Morton
    John Mortonabout 3 years ago

    Another feast for my eyes, Tula. The range of colour in this scene is glorious.

  • Thank you so much, John. That’s what caught my eye, too—that bunch of flotsam was a nice little accent to the scene. Hope it’s still there the next time I go back! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Hmmm … I don’t think I would have been too enthusiastic about scaling a cliff in the dark either !
    Glad to see you both made it back o.k. (^_^)

  • Haha, thanks, Trish. I knew we still had a good 20 minutes before sundown. Bear in mind, this is a lady who’s deathly scared of caterpillars, lol… (love you, Mom!) :)

    – Tula Top

  • Dieter Tracey
    Dieter Traceyabout 3 years ago

    Tula, don’t be so modest my friend! capturing such a wide view with so much visual interest in a harmonious way is a challenge alright, and yet again you’ve pulled it off quite brilliantly…

  • Thank you so much, my friend. I will say no more! :)

    – Tula Top

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