One morning in late July I headed out to McDowell Creek Falls County Park
— arriving around 5:45 AM after a 45 minute drive from our house in Albany,
Oregon — to capture in photos the ambiance of the dawn forest.
It was such a peaceful and lovely time of the morning — definitely worth getting up early! I didn't see anyone else the whole time — I had the entire place to myself! For about three-and-a-half hours I walked through the park, taking pictures.
The relative darkness necessitated the use of a tripod and long exposures, resulting in some especially lovely waterfall shots. It was a pain to carry my tripod around, but it was unavoidable in the low-light conditions of early morning, especially in a gorge. My favorite photos are of the rising sun piercing the waterfall mist with its sunbeams; the leaf in the stream is pretty nice too.