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jared ropelato

High Water Mark, Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek, Oregon

I spend a day and a half with some friends up in Portland recently and really wanted to hit up Eagle creek while I was there. The morning was gloomy and raining slightly, or misting really. I convinced my friends and wife, which to be fair was not difficult as most of my friends would rather be outside than inside in any given situation.
As we were hiking up, the sun kept peeking through for moments at a time and each time that happened I would begin to grumble and curse that the sun was going to ruin my chance for shots. My friend stopped me at this point and says, “Jared, you may be the only person I know who gets upset when the sun is out and the weather is nice”. Having met some great photographers over the past year, I know I’m not the only one who feels like that.
Okay, so this isn’t a great story, but it gave me a chuckle. Another thing that gave me a chuckle was hiking down from the trail to get here, not seeing it as it was behind a bend, hiking back up, figuring it out, and then hiking back down form the viewpoint which was STRAIGHT DOWN and very wet. My friend took a couple spills on the way down and now it was his turn to gripe. :o) The wives stayed up top and enjoyed the beautiful and easy view, and I waded around at the bottom in the roaring creek. How quickly one forgets about freezing toes when a scene like this presents itself.
Having seen shots from here before, I assume that the water was exceptionally high. What a sight. I hope you enjoy and are having a great week. Cheers and happy shooting. –jared r.

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