A hike through Johnston Canyon

A hike through Johnston Canyon

A trio of waterfall photos from the amazing Johnston Canyon, outside of Banff, Canada...

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Slide Rock

Slide Rock

The stream running through the woods at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ...

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A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

A beautiful little waterfall I found while hiking in New Mexico...

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Thankfully we still have waterfalls

Thankfully we still have waterfalls

I had a friend in town last week, and we headed out to shoot this hidden gem in west Austin.  It's hard to beat a beautiful waterfall, isn't it?

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Springtime waterfalls

Springtime waterfalls

Springtime in central Texas usually means rain, and rain means waterfalls.  We have both RIGHT NOW, and I am out with the camera chasing after them.  I captured these shots here in Austin just last week.  It felt to me like I was in some other state - maybe Oregon - with excellent streams and waterfalls, and nice comfortable temperatures.  So awesome!

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All the rain in Austin

All the rain in Austin

I've got waterfalls for you today!  As you have probably heard on the news (even nationally), Austin has been hit with a serious amount of rain and flooding lately.  While there have been tragic events due to the flooding, the silver lining is that we are getting our lakes filled back up and our creeks have water in them - both of which are badly needed.  Today I share a collection of pics from a recent outing here in Austin, when I went out to shoot some waterfalls!

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A waterfall in the woods

A waterfall in the woods

How about a little waterfall that I found by walking OFF the trail?  I recommend that when hiking.  If you hear running water - go look for it!  You might find something beautiful.

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Hug Point

Waterfalls and sea caves and beaches, oh my!

Have you ever seen The Goonies?  It's a great little movie from the 80's about some kids who end up searching for pirate treasure.  It's awesome.  I absolutely love that movie.  They go on a grand adventure, end up in sea caves along the coast, and generally do all the things I wished for as a kid.  

It was all filmed in the northern Oregon area, around the town of Astoria and along the coastline near Cannon Beach.  Whenever I am in the Cannon Beach area, that movie is on my mind in a big way.  

My first shot of this gorgeous scene!  I loved this place!

I was first here years ago, returned about 2 years ago with some buddies on a photo trip, and most recently was here back in March.  Surprisingly, this was the first time I had ever heard of Hug Point.  I'm still apologizing to myself for that!  Look at what I had been missing!

This park (or State Recreation Area, to be exact) is not large but it packs in a lot of awesomeness.  Just drive south of Cannon Beach for a few minutes, and the parking lot is right off the road.  A short walk gets you to the beach.  I recommend going right when you get to the beach, and walk around the large rock outcropping you will see there.  Hopefully you are there at low tide, or else it may not be passable.  I got lucky in that regard, as I never thought about it or checked the tide tables.

A closeup of the waterfall and caves.  Yes, I went in the caves, but no treasure, darn it!

Once you get around that bend, you are confronted with the scene that I am showing you today.  I didn't see much about this online, and when I arrived I just took a guess and went to the right.  Fortunately the tide was out and I could walk around the bend a ways.  When I saw this, I starting screaming!  Thankfully we were the only ones there.  :-)  I sounded like a schoolgirl, I'm sure.  I was as giddy as one, that's for certain!

I just love stuff like this.  It makes me want to be a kid again, and wish I was in a pirate-treasure-hunting movie too!  Doesn't that sound fun?

Be honest - don't you want to go see this?

A little wider than the 1st shot, showing more of the waterfalll.

One more from Bull Creek

Thought I would share another photo from Bull Creek here in Austin today. (Because I have a million of them!)  The water is moving really nicely these days - makes me long for shorter, cooler summers so we could enjoy it year-round.  Plus let's be honest here - the summer is brutal in Austin.  It's so dang hot, and seems to last forever.  We have to enjoy the awesome stuff like this while we can!

But alas, cool summers here are not to be, so I have made a point of getting out and shooting it a LOT over the last couple of months.  Plus, it's just beautiful and I enjoy being there.  It fills my soul.

This is the "big waterfall" at Bull Creek, just after it passes under Loop 360 (for those of you familiar with the place).  It's a cool spot, and one I have ran by, walked by, and photographed a lot over the years.

Hope everyone that celebrates Christmas enjoyed their holiday yesterday!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Flowing

I love Bull Creek in Austin - it's near my home, and it's a great little greenbelt/trail/park kind of thing.  I especially love it when there has been rain, like now.  All the waterfalls are just rockin' right along.  That makes me happy.

This was a single exposure instead of an HDR.  I love to shoot HDR as you probably know by now, but with waterfalls I am about 50/50.  I find that at least half of the time I just go with a single exposure.  This one was f/13 at about 2 seconds.  Sometimes the simple approach is best.

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