11.06.2019 Wahconah Falls

I’ve posted images of this waterfall a few times over the years.  It’s easily visited with just a short walk downhill…of course uphill on the way out, but quickly done. I’ve been fortunate that in all that time only one other person has been there when I visited. When I left here this past Sunday there was just one car besides mine and that person must have hiked to a different vantage point. There are some nice features above the main falls.

For the last several years I have had an image in mind but a large tree had fallen across the brook downstream which made the composition less than I wished for. Time has caused the tree to collapse into the water freeing up the view.  While the waterfall can be viewed in its entirety from a closer spot, I have always wanted to include the large rock.

As I made my way closer to the falls, I noticed this colorful rock surrounded by the splash and motion of the brook.

In a way, it reminds me of a favorite rock I have shared from Dean Brook.

And no visit is complete without a portrait of the falls.

I think the rest of the autumn season will be good for waterfall and cascade opportunities.  Here’s hoping.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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33 Responses to 11.06.2019 Wahconah Falls

  1. Dina says:

    Awesome waterfall images, Steve! Lucky you living so close to this beauty spot. I wished I had something like this around here. When we visited Wales recently I used the opportunity to try capturing waterfalls. I have just decided we have to go back for more practice. Your portraits are stunning.

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    • Thank you, Dina. Yes, I am lucky to have this and several others nearby for regular visits. It’s hard to hit just the right composition sometimes when you are just visiting for a first time. Your Wales images are beautiful.


  2. Ms. Liz says:

    The large rock is amazingly colourful!

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  3. Leya says:

    Beautiful images, Steve. No waterfalls here either – enjoying yours!

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  4. Beautiful, Steve. The third one especially captures the veil look beautifully. You have inspired me. The Columbia river valley and all of its cascades are calling me. Must. Go. To. Oregon.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    That rock is impressive, as is your skill at photographing waterfalls. 🙂

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    • I am guessing you mean the huge one in the first image but maybe the one in the brook could be it too. 🙂
      Thank you for your kind remark about my efforts with waterfalls. I will admit to a fair amount of experimenting to get the veiled look I am after. The flow is never the same from one to another. And sometimes I prefer a bit more detail in the water but often find veiling more appealing. You have some wonderful waterfalls in your part of the country. Glad that you enjoy them too, Lynn.


      • bluebrightly says:

        I was thinking about the huge one in the first photo. I haven’t done much with waterfalls but I know that experimenting is the best way to go, and I believe you when you say each one has a different flow I like to see detail in the water, too sometimes – depends on the situation. 🙂

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      • That’s the one I thought you meant but wasn’t 100% sure. I know that a lot of folks like to “freeze” the water in its motion. I prefer a longer softer capture but not a total white out either. It’s a balance and matter of taste.

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  6. I absolutely love your waterfall photos. The way you frame your photos are very beautiful and striking.

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    I can understand wanting to include that large rock. It stands out enough and has an interesting color, adding to the composition. And I like the character of the falls, they have a very pleasant water pattern to them. Beautiful compositions, Steve.

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    • Thanks, Todd. I thought it added a little something without taking away from looking through the photograph to the falls. The zoom draws the waterfalls a bit closer than in reality which I liked. The falls you see in these shots are what most folks visit, but above is a natural dam and some other features which you can see in this older post.


  8. Dave Ply says:

    Just discovered your blog. Looks like a lot of great stuff, looking forward to more.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    Even if we had waterfalls, it probably would take the rest of my lifetime to learn how to photograph them so beautifully. I’m drawn to the second, particularly. I’m not so much a fan of ‘soft’ water, but the combination of the hard, glistening rock and the softer water is appealing.

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    • I know that soft, satiny, or veiled water is a taste thing. I try to capture a bit of softness yet retain some of the detail that exhibits motion. I feel that expresses my response to waterfalls or cascades better than a fast exposure. I think the second shot does a better job than the others. I shot one of Murphy Falls the other day which I think did a good job of it and will share that soon. Thanks, Linda.


  10. tomwhelan says:

    Lovely set, especially the flows in last one. It’s been five years since I visited to Wahconah Falls, time to go back.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice shots, Steve. This is a nice park, I don’t get out there enough.

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    • Yes. The state has made a nice destination with all the picnic facilities. I’ve never been there during the midday so haven’t seen people using it. The trash bins are usually full so the park is cleaner than one might expect these days which is encouraging. Thanks, Eliza!

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  12. eremophila says:

    I love rocks, and you do it proud. You’ve also done the water to my liking, not overdone. Ah, at this stage here, .can only dream of waterfalls, and so will be happy to see yours.

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