The first day of our Columbia River Gorge 5 day private tour included the fantastic Eagle Creek Trail. We hiked to the Metlako Falls viewpoint and captured the beauty of Metlako with the two trees hanging on the cliff side and the fog that sites right above the falls. Next stop involved climbing in a stream and bushwhacking our way to a unique viewpoint of Metlako Falls, from the top of an opposite waterfall. It’s a sketchy scramble, but well worth the effort! A rainbow made an appearance in the shot as well. Last stop on the Eagle Creek Trail – Punchbowl Falls, an absolute classic in the Gorge. We suited up in our waders, made our way to the middle of the creek and spent the next hour nailing the shot. If you haven’t been, keep in mind that you cannot photograph the falls without standing in the water, and it’s cold, really cold! Waders are highly recommended! The afternoon of Day 1 took us to Gorton Creek, probably the most pristine creek in all of the Gorge. Perfectly spaced moss-covered rocks lead you into an S-curve around the bend. There are infinite possibilities in Gorton Creek. You need waders to take full advantage of the creek, but it’s calm enough to take your time and experiment with multiple compositions. A fantastic start to the tour!
May 21, 2012