The Promise of a Jewel by Tula Top

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Gorton Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA

  • Canon 5DII · 24-70mm f/2.8L · CPL
  • 24mm · f/16 · 3.2s – 15s · ISO 50
  • Four images fused in Photomatix Pro · highlight recovery in CS5
    (Best if viewed large)

October leaves add a little zest to the verdant canyon of Gorton Creek. In the distance is 10-foot (3m)-tall Emerald Falls, a graceful little tumble that divides into three at sub-maximal flood. Ascending the bouldery vale, it became readily apparent that the fall’s modest elegance was a promise of treasures waiting to be discovered beyond.

Also from the same day’s hike: Gorton Creek Falls I · Spilling Satin · Sidekicks

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topabout 3 years ago

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    Love the composition,moss,location & exposure mate..cheers Tula.

  • Thanks, mate! My first shot on the setup, surprised it turned out to be such a keeper.

    – Tula Top

  • Ian Berry
    Ian Berryabout 3 years ago

    Just BEAUTIFUL Tula. Love the depth to this.

  • Thank you very much, Ian. It sure was an inviting scene. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago


  • Everything okay? :\

    – Tula Top

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    This isn’t the promise of a Jewel… it IS a Jewel, Tula.

  • Ah! Whew! That’s good to hear, lol…thank you so much, Mieke! The title was a cheesy play on the little falls’ name, FWIW. I swear it feels like brainfreeze trying to come up with titles sometimes…

    – Tula Top

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    a true jewel

  • Very kind of you, supergold!

    – Tula Top

  • John Dekker
    John Dekkerabout 3 years ago

    Typically beautiful Tula, a lovely shot.

  • Many thanks, John. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 3 years ago

    Truly beautiful ~ as always!!!

  • :) :) Thank you, Sharona! :) :)

    – Tula Top

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 3 years ago

    Splendid work, Tula!

  • Deeply appreciated, Béla!

    – Tula Top

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 3 years ago

    I think I just had an eye orgasm !!
    Bloody beautiful Tula. Instant fave !

  • Lol, hope your computer screen’s okay! 8^D Thanks for the awesome comment and fave, my friend!

    – Tula Top

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