Sahalie Falls is a mass of foaming white water cascading approximately 100 feet onto the Mackenzie River. It’s in the central part of the state, in the heart of the Oregon Cascade Mountains.
When I set out to photograph the falls, few tourists were nearby, and I could park close to the trailhead. After a short hike, I was greeted by the water’s thunderous flow and brilliant green scenery.
It took me some time to find a clearing where I could set my camera and tripod to create the most dramatic impression of the water and surrounding landscape.
The water flow was dense and beautiful, but a strong wind made it challenging to keep my tripod stable since I needed to take a long exposure. Even though it took some time and was a bit of a struggle, I felt an extra surge of excitement while photographing here—perhaps it was due to being so close to the energy generated by the waterfall. Whenever I look back at this photograph, I can still hear the fall’s roar.