Silver Falls Autumn Equinox
Sunday 30 July 2017 — Category: Outings
As I wrote last year, I’m trying to be more intentional about doing something special on the summer and winter solstices, as well as the spring and autumn equinoxes. For the 2016 autumn equinox I returned to Silver Falls State Park, the crown jewel of the Oregon state park system.
The last time I hiked at Silver Falls was on the 2012 summer solstice. It was on that day that I was cast into a great camera quandary because lugging around 25 pounds of camera equipment on a nine-mile hike in the summer heat almost killed me.
As a result I got rid of my APS-C camera system and stepped into a brand-new Micro Four Thirds world. I stated in the article My Last Photo Album With Sony Camera Equipment:
Now that I have emerged leaner and meaner from my Great Camera Quandary, I’m looking forward to hitting the trail again at Silver Falls with my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera system! The only question is whether it will be Silver Falls 2012 part 2, or Silver Falls 2013?As it turned out, it was neither. For some reason or another it was four and a quarter years until I hiked Silver Falls with my Micro Four Thirds equipment.
In contrast to last time, my camera gear weighed about 5 lbs. instead of 25. The total weight of my backpack was about 15 lbs. rather than 40. I chose to do only the four-mile eastern section of the nine-mile Trail of Ten Falls, which encompasses half of the waterfalls. I went in the autumn instead of the hot summer. Because of the cooler temperature and shorter distance, I could carry less water and food.
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.
Well, I don’t have much more to say, for as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Speaking of which, I took a total of exactly 200 pictures. The best 44, including five HDR photos, can be found in the new Silver Falls Autumn Equinox 2016 album.
For all 158 of my best photos from Silver Falls, taken over a period of ten years, see the Silver Falls (All Years) conglomerate ‘super-album’. Hopefully it won’t take me four more years until I get around to hiking at Silver Falls once again.