I had the most awesome weekend with fellow photographer and friend, Jeff Barnhart
shooting all the best waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge and Gifford Pinchot. Including, as you see here, Ponytail, also Elowah, Fairy, Multnomah, Panther Creek, Lower Lewis, and Punchbowl. It had been over two years since my last visit to the gorge and some things have certainly changed. I was talking with Jeff about changes. I really took these landscapes for granted when I began taking photography seriously. I just thought, these places will always be there and look the same. How naive I was. Since then, the keyhole at Cape Kiwanda has collapsed, the old maple tree at South Falls fell down, and the huge log at Punchbowl Falls dislodged. Now, we aren't even 'allowed' to visit our National Parks - land set aside for us to experience. When hiking up to Fairy Falls, the creek junction just below used to have this beautiful tree right in the middle of the fork. That tree has fallen along with another tree on the bank - forever changing that scene. Now is the best time to experience our dynamic world, because who knows how much it can change by tomorrow.