Bridal Mane

Bridal Mane

When you travel to Oregon and visit the Columbia River Gorge every year, you find yourself struggling to find new waterfalls that you havent previously seen. Willie, Zack, and I spent a weekend in the gorge but it was Rami who suggested we try something new: Upper Bridal Veil Falls.

Rami warned us that the hike would be steep, slippery, and possibly surrounded by poison-oak. We came prepared with rope, long sleeve clothes, and lots of energy. Turns out that Rami wasnt kidding: the trail was STEEEEEEP. Several times we found ourselves sliding on our tuchases down the trail. Thank goodness Zack brought his rope with him When you get to the bottom though, the view is worth it

This waterfall is deceptive: the wide angle lens masks how big the waterfall is. Its huge. I wish I had placed a person in here to provide perspective but sadly we were all so focused on shooting the ferns and the waterfall that we forgot to run in front of the photo. I loved the way this fern unfurled in front of the waterfall, while the stream soared down next to us. The whole waterfall and stream reminded me of a brides veil and dress, as it flows down behind her.

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 and Wonderpano Circular Polarizer:
14mm, f/7.1, 1/30 sec, ISO 640
14mm, f/11, 2 sec, ISO 640

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.