Called the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River this canyon has just what it takes to be a wonderful photographic destination. There are steep precipitous cliffs, psychedelic colors, two waterfalls, geothermal features along the edge and more. We focused on the Lower Falls, at 308 feet, which are the largest volume waterfalls in the Rocky Mountains. The waterfall is nearly twice the height of Niagara Falls. The colors along the canyon walls is due to the presence of sulphur and other elements that are found throughout Yellowstone. We made a point of being there about 9:45 in hopes of catching a rainbow at the bottom of the waterfall. We did get to see it but its intensity is not as we hoped and that was most likely due to the cloud cover that kept the sunlight from being its most intense.
Palouse Falls are about 4 miles upstream of the confluence of the Snake and Palouse River. The falls are 198 feet in height. There is a viewing area facing the falls but intrepid hikers can walk around towards the left and actually look down on the pool of water before it falls into the bowl below. There are signs everywhere warning about hiking close to the edge and swimming below the falls as there have been four deaths there this year. In 2014 the Washington House of Representatives passed a bill to make Palouse Falls the official state waterfall of Washington having been so deemed on Februar. The proposal for the bill originated when a group of elementary school students in the nearby town of Washtucna lobbied the state legislature.
We heard, "You just gotta go to Burney Falls! You just GOTTA go to Burney Falls!" So, we went to Burney Falls. President Teddy Roosevelt described Burney Falls as the 8th Wonder of the World. It was declared a National Landmark in December of 1954. The falls are part of a state park located in the Cascade Range.
Tom gave up on shooting the whole scene. The dynamic range was just too much and he did not want to fool with filters. Sometimes the fall back idea that problems can be fixed in post just does not hold up. He quickly moved to shooting detail shots. After post processing we realized that each of us had settled on a very different white balance. The scene, as he saw it was much cooler than I remember it. So, as not to jar your brain by interspersing the difference, I have chosen to put mine on together followed by his images. There is no right or wrong white balance.
OK, it is Tom's turn. In addition to the change in white balance you will immediately see how different his 'style' is from mine. It is so much fun to look at his images as he gives them to me to post. He surely sees the world with different eyes.
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