A Spoken Prayer, a Whispered Dream, and the Silent Glimmer In Between by Tula Top

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A Spoken Prayer, a Whispered Dream, and the Silent Glimmer In Between by 

Upper McCord Creek Falls · McCord Creek · John B. Yeon State Park · Columbia River Gorge · Warrendale · Oregon · USA

  • Canon 5DII · 16-35mm f/2.8L II · CPL
  • 16mm · f/13 · 0.5s · ISO 50
    (Looks better large)

I’d seen rare photos of Upper McCord Creek Falls taken from its base and have longed to explore the canyon from this vantage point, but I couldn’t figure just how people got down there. Turns out, it just took braving the steep incline beyond the viewpoint from which this falls is usually captured. I’ve never been a huge fan of western sword fern, but they proved trustworthy handholds on the steep, crumbly descent down. The views were well worth the effort and hollowed stomach to say the least, and the surprise heart-shaped spectral element in the lower left corner was a magical little discovery back home on the computer screen.

Prayers for an end to all the senseless violence and for the healing and safe-keeping of all those affected by the Aurora, Colorado, massacre.

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

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 2 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Tula

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Tula Top

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonover 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Kim!

    – Tula Top

  • bluetaipan
    bluetaipanover 2 years ago

    Just beautiful

  • Thanks, my friend. :)

    – Tula Top

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Thank you very much, Pauline!

    – Tula Top

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Fantastic work :)

  • Much appreciated, Julie. :)

    – Tula Top

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 2 years ago

    Cool title & a great photo as usual Tula.

  • Kind of you to say, my friend…thanks, as always!

    – Tula Top

  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskiover 2 years ago

    WOW … I was drawn to the title alone. Seems we are getting very poetic. I like it. I’m guessing the waterfall is the spoken prayer, the heart shaped fern mound is the whispered dream, and the line of light circles caught by the lens is the silent glimmer in between. Or …. I am completely wrong ha ha.

  • Fully open to interpretation, Adam…yours is as good as any. ;) Thanks immensely, my friend.

    – Tula Top

  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureover 2 years ago

    Sheer poetry in verse and vision. Love the heart shaped light and rock, truly make this special. It is a spectacular view and I’m all for scrambling through the wild but from your description, I’m more than happy to enjoy it vicariously here. Brilliant moment and image Tula!

  • Thank you so much, Sylvia…yes, I advised my mom to stay back on this one…her short legs would’ve gotten her in trouble again, lol. Thanks for the wonderful comment!

    – Tula Top

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago


  • Thanks, Sylvia! :)

    – Tula Top

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