The Dog Days of Christmas
It was so nasty outside here in the Portland area on Christmas day I felt like I had to go search out some snow. That took me 40 miles east into the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington side of the river, where I spent maybe 20 minutes photographing Dog Creek Falls, above, as it got dark. This is jokingly referred to by some as an “old man’s” waterfall because it requires about a 25-yard “hike” from the highway to get down to the creek itself. In the fall, salmon and steelhead can be seen struggling up the creek, which is barely a foot deep, even now in December. With a coating of snow, though, this spot takes on a darker appearance overall because of the heightened contrast.
It’s a fun little spot to pull into for a spell, just one of many along SR 14 east of Stevenson. Skamania County is one of the best spots in the Pacific Northwest for its concentration of waterfalls; Dog Creek Falls is just the beginning.