On my way home from the mountains I recognized a road sign to this relatively unknown gorge. A break from the drive was welcome and I gave it a chance and hiked into the narrow valley without any expectations. There was nothing special, a small stream winding unspectacularly through rocks. And then, all of a sudden I was standing in front of this green dreamscape. That's what I love about nature photography, you never know what happens next. Allowedly not the second Columbia River Gorge, but a small paradise on its own and close to my home, which doubles the joy of having discovered it!

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