Waterfalls & Thunderstorms

by John Nelson February. 24, 2011 3763 views

After seeing that our area was going to have heavy rainstorms, I took off from work with a friend and headed to Ponca. My main hope was to capture some waterfalls with short-timed flash flood water levels.

Sadly, we mainly got 5-10 minute pop up storms that didn't really raise the water levels much. So we shot what we could. Finally, at Hammerschmidt Falls, we had a very heavy, 15-20 minute rain that finally raised the water levels.

The whole area was immersed in a dense fog, giving this shot a lot of grain. Found a few bull elk grazing in the south end of Boxley Valley. And I can't NOT photograph them…

A lithograph-esque shot of the farmland, hillside, and fog surrounding the Buffalo river.

An old barn near the Erbie campground. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted an over-processed HDR shot.

A small drainage area near Camp Orr / Twin Falls. I'm in love with the mossy rock in the foreground. Love. It.

A view of Twin Falls (3 falls running in high water) from above.

A small cascade that feeds one of the falls on Twin Falls.

Downstream from Twin Falls. All the mossy rocks are on the LEFT side of the stream, which makes the Falls lost behind trees. This is the only mossy rock I could find for the foreground where the Falls were actually visible.

A cool tree in the basin of Twin Falls. A co-worker mentioned that it looks a little, um, suggestive. Honestly, I liked the textures and rocks. But it works both ways.

Pre-Storm flow from Hammerschmidt Falls. This is actually a decent flow of water for this waterfall. But it gets a LOT bigger when the creek swells.

Post-storm Hammerschmidt Falls. Muddy water and a much wider mouth as the feeding stream swells with rainwater.

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Teo 9 years, 3 months ago

superb shots!

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Andrea 9 years, 4 months ago

Amazing set!

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 4 months ago

Skinnier? That's what Kinect is for!!

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 4 months ago

John, I'm glad you liked the birthday post. You probably didn't know that about 5 people put your waterfall shot in their favorites. Unfortunately for you, it will be listed as mine!

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Moira 9 years, 4 months ago

great set , I like the cool tree shot.

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Kaitlyn 9 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic set!!!

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Larry Nelson 9 years, 4 months ago

I like all of these, John, but #9 is my favorite. If I thought I could ever get back out of that hole, I'd try that shot!

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Brenda Nelson 9 years, 4 months ago

This is the best set you've ever posted! #4, 6, 7 & 9 are simply perfect! Wow, John, since you didn't get fired for leaving work, I'd say it was worth it!

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