Log Cabin by Tula Top

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Cabin Creek, Starvation Ridge Trail, Starvation Creek State Park, Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Oregon, USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL · 3-stop ND
  • 16mm · f/16 · 5s – 8s · ISO 50
  • Two exposures layered in CS5
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Intending to return to the serenity that blessed me the day I captured Welcome Mat and …hushhh…, I instead was greeted by the accumulated aftermath of weeks and weeks’ worth of autumn and winter torrents. Cabin Creek was nearly choked off with debris, and yet I couldn’t help but find a certain beauty in this entropy, accented as it was by the golden cast of the mid-afternoon sun.

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 2 years ago

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks, Sylvia!

    – Tula Top

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 2 years ago

    I would imagine this would make wonderful homes for little animals like beaver! Dee

  • I agree, Dee…maybe not beavers (no standing water), but it sure would be fun to be a small critter exploring all the little nooks and crannies.

    – Tula Top

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineover 2 years ago

    Wow….that’s amazing. Reminds me of a new waterfall I found two weeks ago (new to me at least)…it was gorgeous. Came back a week later and some bad storms deposited a huge limb right in the chute of the falls. I was dejected….a new find and I only had a couple of shots, given how jammed it is I think it’s going to be there for a while. Nothing like this though Tula, incredible!

  • Thanks, Tim! I’m sure that was a disappointing discovery, but don’t underestimate the dynamism of Momma Nature! This log in front of our famous Punchbowl Falls was a nuisance to photographers for quite some time, but it did finally move on after a few seasons (don’t know exactly how many, though).

    – Tula Top

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    Yes…..I suppose so. I know that the Park ranger philosophy (here, but probably the same there ) is to leave storm and flood debris where it lands, but I always wish that they would clear it away so that things could be as beautiful to me as they were before the storm, deluge etc.

  • Cheers, Bette. :) I think the philosophy around these parts is to do enough to clear the trail and keep it safe, and let nature do the rest.

    – Tula Top

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 2 years ago

    Great composition Tula

  • Thank you, David.

    – Tula Top

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    NatureGreeting...over 2 years ago

    Very Beautiful!!

  • Thanks, Carolyn!

    – Tula Top

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 2 years ago

    What a terrible name!! lol..but your right Tula..even this destruction has a natural beauty!! *-)

  • I know, I know…I definitely flunked the Bob Larson School of Titling… Thanks and cheers, Deb! ;)

    – Tula Top

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    NatureGreeting...over 2 years ago

  • Thanks again, Carolyn! :)

    – Tula Top

  • Emma  Gilette
    Emma Giletteover 2 years ago

    Well captured. I have witnessed similar devastation but was unable to see the beauty in it until now. It is nature at it’s finest and in a few decades these logs will be covered in beautiful green moss and a new beauty will be created.

  • Indeed, Emma…the dynamism of nature is fascinating to me, despite the occasional aesthetic disturbances. Although I mourn the loss of the beautiful scene that existed before, I love seeing how the scenery evolves over the seasons and years. No two visits are ever alike, and I love that. Cheers and thanks so much for the visit!

    – Tula Top

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