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Oregon Waterfalls

We’ve had waterfalls on our bucket list for some time. The problem was identifying area’s that housed significant and easily accessible locations where the weather and surroundings were conducive to producing images of “silky” water flow. We opted for sites in Oregon, in particular the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area where better than 75 waterfalls and fast flowing creeks exist in rainforest conditions. Here ferns and moss supplement the vibrant greens from trees as they leaf out in early spring. The locations we chose were for the most part readily accessible either roadside or on well-maintained trails. We found the hiking exceptional with the proviso that many of the best falls were well above road level where the switch backs and rocky terrain were literal “lung burners” for photographers our age. It goes without saying that we required frequent rest stops given the equipment we had to tote up the slopes. Although the assent on these hikes was steep, it was well worth the effort.

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Bird, wildlife and natural landscape photography is an enjoyable and absorbing pastime. It is also an immense amount of fun! The advent of the digital camera and image enhancement software has had a significant impact on what was once the domain of professionals and serious amateurs. Today, it's an accessible and affordable hobby, no matter what the level of entry. If you are starting from scratch, as we did, you will soon discover...