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Sparks Lake

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Sparks Lake

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I arrived at Sparks Lake in late spring, long before the snow had thawed. The lake was still frozen in places and you had to snowshoe, or posthole two miles to reach the photogenic parts of the lake. Typically I would spend 4 or 5 days trying to shoot before deciding to try somewhere else. It’s a fun place, and a good place to meet other like minded photographers.

Invariably upon my return, I would meet someone who’d tell me about the amazing conditions the day after I left, or the day before I arrived. Soon it was possible to drive to the end of the dirt road; I would sometimes sit all day watching the lake. Sparks Lake does not have any visible outflow, but if you listen carefully, there are places where the water can be heard seeping into the ground, sometimes I’d watch otters playing in the shallows.

Over the course of about three months I watched the snows melt, the spring flowers grow, and eventually die. I watched summer lightning storms, and eventually felt the flurries of early winter snows. Despite all that time I only got one photograph!


Proxy Falls

Proxy Falls

I wasn’t particularly impressed with these falls, however, I’d promised to meet someone here and as a way of passing the time I kept scouting around looking for a composition. By late afternoon I realized my meeting was never going to happen, I’d been up high above the falls, I’d gazed at every tree thinking I could shoot looking down, I’d tried everything but the standard ‘comp stomp’. It was only as I was about to leave that I noticed the late afternoon sun rays filtering through the spray.

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Ruckel Creek

ruckel-creek-8602During the spring of 2014 I visited the Pacific Northwest to shoot some waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge forms a boundary between the U.S states of Washington (north) and Oregon to the south. Due to their remote location there are some waterfalls within the region that have never been photographed before. Accessing those falls interests me and I’d like to spend more time here in future.