I’m not sure of the real name of this mini creek, but it earned this moniker after being the only product of a disappointing morning’s photography at Punchbowl Falls — from which I came away empty handed.
Tucked up off the Eagle Creek Trail, which in itself is a stunning way to spend a days hiking, it’s a beauty of a creek tumbling between mossy boulders and through the thick undergrowth of the Colombia River Gorge, rampant with green after the mornings rains.
Whilst in the gorge, I’d wanted to capture the dense forest here to speak to the thick carpet of life that lines every surface of the Colombia River Gorge.
As landscape photography subjects go, forests are a real compositional challenge. Everything is chaotic, confused and complex — littered with erratic placed boulders, lichen covered surfaces, downed giant trees — finding a composition that still works in all of the competing elements was as rewarding as it was frustrating.