Waterfalls - markmetternich


Image: Gorge Delicacy©  Mark Metternich Photography, LLC. 

In light of the total delicacy and beauty some of us have had the opportunity to photograph in the Columbia River Gorge, and an almost infinite amount of other places in the US and around the world, I hope the devastating fires there and the recent hurricanes south of (and in) Florida, along with the flooding in Houston and such events... help us to realize it can all be gone in a blink of an eye. And even our very lives!

Why do I bring this up?

Life is more precious than we can know and these types of events remind me of that. THIS PHOTO reminds me of that!

I took this in the Columbia River Gorge a couple years ago and now we are not sure if it has been destroyed by fire and landslides. My mom was raised on the very river of the Columbia River Gorge, and I have been hiking it since I was a toddler. To see the incredible fires raging recently there (via the news) was heartbreaking.

I saw this information as I was displaced by the hurricane. I hope we all can really deepen our appreciation for nature, our lives, the people in our lives, and the world around us as these disasters can teach us how precious and vulnerable it all is.

Canon 11-24@11mm Wonderpana Circular Polarizer Sony A7R2 50 ISO 0.8 shutter Single frame Shot during the rain.

Thank you for looking.

Great light to you.



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Inside Metlako Falls - Oregon (Vertical)

Limited Edition Lumachrome of only 10 images.

Story: Just before the viewpoint fell and the wildfire hit the area, I spent about 2 years and many failed attempts to get down into the bowl of Metlako Falls at both the peak of spring green and higher river levels. Finally, the third year I found a way! Camping in the canyon and having the area to entirely to myself has been one of the most memorable moments in my photo career thus far. I will never forget it! I did two more trips into the bowl just before the changes hit the area. This is a ROARING 100+ foot (30+meters) waterfall and the noise was so loud I had to wear earplugs!