Three-Part Harmony by Tula Top

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South Falls · Lower Silver Creek · Silver Creek State Park · Silverton · Oregon · USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL
  • 35mm · f/16 · 0.5s – 5s · ISO 50
    (Better viewed LARGE!)

South Falls is the second-tallest of the ten waterfalls at Silver Creek State Park (more info at Relics), plunging 177 feet (54m) over layers of basalt into the expansive plunge pool below. It’s almost certainly the most photographed, located just off one of the oft-packed parking lots and easily viewed from multiple angles—including from behind it: the railed footpath is just perceptible right where the green foliage lining the amphitheter ends. It’s thus quite a challenge getting a unique shot of this falls, so I thought I’d ask a couple of trailside bigleaf maples upholstered with shaggy moss carpeting and sprigs of licorice fern to pose with the falls for me. Quite agreeable blokes, they were.


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  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 3 years ago

    Ooh I like this one, very mysterious

  • Thank you, my dear! Always an honor when you’re first on the scene. ;)

    – Tula Top

  • Maxwell Campbell
    Maxwell Campbellalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Tula. Very nice work

  • Thank you very much, Maxwell! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devinealmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Tula! How many waterfalls do you have out there?!?!?!

  • Thank you, my friend! This should give you some idea…and that’s just Oregon. There’s no shortage of them around here!

    – Tula Top

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonalmost 3 years ago

    Nice lines Top work .

  • Haha, thanks, Donovan. :)

    – Tula Top

  • YogiColleen
    YogiColleenalmost 3 years ago

    another great one!!! :)

  • Thanks so much, Colleen! :)

    – Tula Top

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 3 years ago

    wow! you’re really a water-nymph who found a camera one day, aren’t you?

  • Well, a water nymph who coughed up a couple grand or so for a camera, yes. ;) Thanks so much, Nadine…glad you like this one!

    – Tula Top

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Amazing capture!

  • Thanks again, Tracy! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 3 years ago

    Just fantastic, Tula!!! Love the unique composition!!!

  • Thanks, Laurie! I did the classic double-take when I walked past the trees and looked up… :)

    – Tula Top

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 3 years ago

    Love the composition Tula. Great scenery .. great work.

  • Thanks so much, Michael. I would have loved to explore TONS more different angles and takes, but this was waterfall No. 1 of 10 that we had to get to before sundown. How we did it, I’ll never know, but I’m sure I passed up a lot of good shots. It’s obviously one slated for revisiting over and over again…

    – Tula Top

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago

    Wow . . . magical and so very beautiful!!

  • Much appreciated, Lori! Thanks! :)

    – Tula Top

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