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Walls of Wahclella by Tula Top

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Wahclella Falls · Tanner Creek · Columbia River Gorge · Bonneville · Oregon · USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL
  • 16mm · f/16 · 0.3s – 13s · ISO 50
  • Nine images fused in Photomatix Pro · refined in CS5
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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topalmost 3 years ago

    Third-Century Chinese philosopher Han Feizi wrote of a man peddling a spear and a shield, adorning each with ultimately contradictory embellishments. The spear, he said, could pierce any shield; the shield, meanwhile, could thwart any spear. When asked for the anticipated outcome if his spear were to clash with his shield, he of course had no answer. It perhaps is the origin of the paradoxical clash between an irresistible force and an immovable object. The paradox, of course, cannot hold. Something must give.

    Wahclella Falls stands as beautifully dramatic evidence of this, as over the millenia the unrelenting waters of Tanner Creek have worn a deep gash in the seemingly immutable walls laid down by the massive basalt flood that formed the Columbia Gorge Basalt Group (covering 163,700 km² and measuring up to 1.8-km thick) during the late Miocene Epoch some 14-17 million years ago. The lower tier of the falls plunges 24m, constantly kicking up troublesome mist that makes close-up photos a daunting challenge. I composed this shot from the one spot that seemed most shielded from the spray, which unfortunately left most of the pretty deep-blue plunge pool hidden from view. The 15m upper tier is out of view around the bend of the canyon wall on the right, while the seasonal cascade seen here above the lower tier T-bones the main stream during times of high flood.

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinalmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous , love this

  • Thanks, Christine, good to see you. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Mark  Lucey
    Mark Luceyalmost 3 years ago

    Nice Tula, the POV is excellent

  • Thanks, Mark. This falls is a huge tease…looks great in real life, hard to capture up close because of the mist. This was a comp of necessity, so to speak, lol.

    – Tula Top

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 3 years ago

    It is still a pretty good viewpoint,Tula. You managed a great picture,as usual. Does that bare rock patch in fore mean that people have been clambering up there?

  • Thank you, Bette. Yes, it’s a well-worn use path just off the main trail.

    – Tula Top

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 3 years ago

    The thumbnail doesn’t do this one justice. I’m glad I clicked on it. Beautiful view & nice angles Tula.

  • Thanks for doing that, Michael. It’s hard to appreciate the atmosphere with the smaller resolutions. I’d have preferred a nice blue sky, but I’ll take a little fog just as well. :)

    – Tula Top

  • TrishaMita
    TrishaMitaalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful image indeed

  • Thank you very much, Trish.

    – Tula Top

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 3 years ago

  • Gosh, thanks so much, Kathy!

    – Tula Top

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous… Congratulations!!

  • Many thanks, João!

    – Tula Top

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    NatureGreeting...almost 3 years ago

    OMGOSH!! You did it again Tula….this is soooo breathtaking!!! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us!!! Its in my cart with a few other choice ones :) but it may be a whilexx

  • You are too kind, Carolyn, thank you! Never feel obligated…a click and a view is reward enough for me. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Mike  Kinney
    Mike Kinneyalmost 3 years ago

    Nicely done

  • Thank you, Mike.

    – Tula Top

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