Elowah Falls and McCord Creek
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Elowah Falls is an elegant single drop waterfall created by McCord Creek plunging 289 feet into a naturalt basalt amphitheater. The setting is stunning and the 3/4 mile hike to the falls is wonderful. Elowah is located 6 miles east of Oregon’s tallest waterfall, Multnomah Falls. The trailhead is located at John B. Yeon State Park. From the trailhead, the route climbs steadily throughTemperate rain forest for 0.4 miles to a trail junction. the uphill option climbs to Upper McCord Creek Falls while the downhill fork switchbacks gradually to Elowah Falls. The Falls roar and echo inside of the natural stone bowl, spritzing hikers with a perpetual mist. Vibrant Yellow-green details the walls of Elowah’s epic amphitheater, adding remarkable accents to this remarkable setting.
Elowah is one of the priceless gems in the incomparable Columbia River Gorge. The stunning falls, sweeping views, pleasant hike and the magically verdant McCord Creek make for a fantastic outing.
My goal as a fine art landscape photographer is to capture the essence of a place with my prints. Typically this means triangulating several visual elements which embody the spirit of the special landscapes I explore.
For me, capturing the essence of Elowah Falls means the grand falls, , hints of lichen covered amphitheater, the playful tumbles of McCord Creek and the emerald depths of stream side vegetation.
Like most of my nature photographs, this image was captured with my 4×5 film camera, which allows my fine art prints to have exceptional detail. As you can see, this image is packed with textural variation. The bigger the print gets, the more detail will be revealed.
For more stunning Oregon waterfall photos, please visit the Oregon Waterfalls Gallery on my website.
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