Photography and photojournalism in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Lower Lewis River Falls is a photographic favorite

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Lower Lewis River Falls is just one of several noteworthy Pacific Northwest waterfalls on the Lewis River west of Mt. Adams in southwest Washington, but it’s probably the most widely known because of its unique geology.

Lower Lewis-5 web copyThis provides it with its distinctive multi-cascade appearance, as well as the mossy rock shelf that allows one to walk out into the river until you reach the edge of the splash pool. A virtual black hole, the pool beneath the falls is full of currents that could potentially disappear the unwary.

Oregon and Washington landscape photographers both flock to this waterfall in the autumn, when the fall color is at its height. It’s hard  to find a poor vantage point, either, whether you’re sitting in the middle of the river (above) or up on top looking downriver. Long exposure or short, it’s an extremely photogenic area.

Perhaps the dark emerald water provides the drama in any photograph of this amazing location. Maybe it’s the sheer drop from the top over the falls in all directions. More likely it’s all that and more. At any rate, this is a spot not to be missed.

For more information check out this Lower Lewis River website.


3 responses

  1. Lovely shot Josh ! Really live the action of the water , It just draws u into the shot 🙂

    December 21, 2012 at 14:53

    • Thanks, Sathya, I found it difficult to find a spot that I didn’t like at this beautiful waterfall! Right now in December, though, I bet the water is way too high to take this shot! It’s going to be a long wait to get back here.

      December 21, 2012 at 15:13

      • True Josh, looking at the shots from U and Gary, I went there the subsequent week last fall. Loved the place. It was raining and no one was around, did not take the risk of getting in the water, may be I should have 🙂

        December 21, 2012 at 15:52

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