Birth of a Forest

Birth of a Forest

For the last few years Ive visited the Columbia River Gorge every April. The waterfalls are gushing, the ferns start blooming, the flowers pop out, and the entire scene is green, green, and more green. Willie, Zack and I made the trip out at the end of April 2016 in hopes for another great trip.

We arrived in the Gorge at an awkward time: the wildflowers had just about died but the ferns were still a bit young and dormant. In other words, we were both a week too late and a week too early for the best photos. The dry winter had killed off a lot of the moss that normally grows in the area.

Despite the lack of plant-life, Rami decided to take us to Upper Bridal Veil Falls, which required navigating a very steep, muddy, and Poison-Oak filled trail down to the waterfall. Luckily Zack had brought a bit of rope (or cord as he likes to point out) that we tied to a tree and made the muddy trek down and back up a bit easier.

Once down at the river we had this gorgeous waterfall all to ourselves. Along its right bank we noticed these little trees sticking out of the water and I couldnt help but snap a few photos of them. Who knows if they survived and are still growing, but they were neat while they lasted

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
16mm, f/9, 1/30 sec, ISO 400

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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.