I hate valentines day. Really, I do. I know a lot of you think its great, but theres a dark side to it too. There has to be, because everything has an opposite, to keep the balance. For every happy couple, there is a miserable single person :P. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not miserable…I just don’t need the yearly reminder that I’m still single.
Anyways, this year I decided I didn’t want to be near any happy people, or the internet, where said happy people can share how happy they are on 2/14. So I grabbed my gear, gassed up the car, and headed for the Oregon wilderness. My first thought was to go to Fourmile lake. About a mile into the dirt roads you need to take to reach the lake, I hit snow. It was enough snow to make me have to turn around.
Luckily, there is plenty to see in Oregon, so I quickly came up with a plan B. Klamath Lake was nearby, and theres a bald eagle migration going on right now, but I forgot my zoom lens at home. So, I had to “settle” for driving to Crater Lake. Too bad everyone else in southern Oregon thought Crater Lake on valentines day was a great idea. I’ve never seen it so crowded. There was zero parking at the rim, so I turned around and headed for Plan C, which ended up being Prospect State Park.
There are a few waterfalls along the trails at the park, with some nice lookout points from high up. It was nice and all, but I didn’t come all this way for the typical photo form the designated lookout area. This is the view of Barr Creek Falls, from above, with a painterly edit. It looks nice, but its been done.
After taking this shot, I asked a young couple on the trail if they knew of a way down the steep hillside to get closer to the falls. They said there was, but they weren’t sure exactly where. I was pointed in a general direction, and luckily, I found a dangerously steep path down. If you like a challenge, this is for you. The trail was muddy, the rocks were slippery, and covered in moss, there were fallen trees you have to squeeze under. It’s like an obstacle course on an incline.
This is Mill Creek Falls, which you can only see part of from up on the hillside. I intentionally cut out most of the waterfall, because there was harsh light. The sun was shining on the top half of the falls, which was just blowing out all the highlights. So, I had to change my composition to get something that worked on the iPhone.
Overall, I was happy with this little park. I still have one more waterfall to check out there, so I’ll be going back. And, next time, I’ll go on an overcast day, which makes for better lighting on waterfalls.