It was/is overcast and a bit moist this morning when I left the gym in time to hit the road at 0700 for a visit to set of waterfalls – Moon and Spirit – located up the Row River east of Cottage Grove on the Umpqua National Forest. There was an article in the local paper a few days ago that got me interested in going back to revisit these beauties. The last time I went into Spirit Falls there was snow on the trail and it made for tricky footing – today it was clear and well maintained but I think it got steeper since I last visited – hummm. The waterfall drops into an almost grotto like setting and the greens of the vegetation on the surrounding cliffs really offset the water.
After a number of shots to assure myself that I had captured the grotto I concentrated on the detail and used a longer 70-200 mm lens to do that. So much beauty to see if you look.
The hike out and UP was difficult especially with a camera backpack loaded with gear, lenses and a tripod.
The next stop was at Moon Falls. The walk in to the base was comparatively very easy. What beauty. Difficult to shoot – bottom in dark shade and the top open and relatively bright. Took a lot of shots and a lot of processing to get it right.
Well I am sure I will have sore muscles tomorrow morning as I hobble my way back to exercise but this was a delightful trip that more than compensated for sore muscles. It is barely over an hour from Eugene so not much driving for a couple of magic places.