To celebrate the 2016 autumn equinox
I returned to Silver Falls State Park,
the crown jewel of the Oregon state park system.
It had been over four years since my last hike there,
on the 2012 summer solstice.
Later in 2012 I had vowed to return to Silver Falls soon, once I had gotten rid of my APS-C camera system
and stepped into a brand-new Micro Four Thirds world.
For some reason or another it wasn‘t until last September that I took my Micro Four Thirds equipment
for a photo outing to the Park.
I arrived at the north parking lot at 7:00 AM. Being that early on a weekday after school had already started earlier in the month, I pretty much had the place to myself.
Besides less human noise and less crowded trails, the lack of other visitors made it much easier to take long-exposure shots
with my hiking tripod.
My tripod also enabled me to take extra shots with different exposures for high dynamic range (HDR) imaging.
Later in the morning I started encountering more people on the trail. Fortunately I was back to my truck by 11:20, where the parking lot was beginning to get full. I drove to the south parking lot to eat my lunch at the picnic facilities. By noon I was heading back home! The mornings are always the best part of the day.
I took a total of exactly 200 pictures. The best 44, including five HDR photos,
can be found in this album. As you browse through it, you may feel that there is quite a bit of repetition. For example, there are eight different photos of the Upper North Falls,
eleven shots of the Middle North Falls,
and eleven more of the North Falls.
I’ve included so many photos of the same waterfalls because each one was taken from a different angle and point of view. Each one reveals another aspect of the waterfall’s beauty and grandeur. Taken together, they paint a more complete picture of a waterfall than a single photo could.
For all 158 of my best photos from Silver Falls, taken over a period of ten years, see the Silver Falls (All Years)
Hopefully it won’t take me four more years until I get around to hiking at Silver Falls once again.