Tamanawas Falls

After almost two weeks of constant rain last weekend was forecasted with some nice sunny weather so together with my friend Diego (a traveler and great photographer - check out his blog Superzuri at http://www.superzuri.com) we head out to Mount Hood east slopes to explore the Tamanawas Falls trail. Mount Hood area finally got some snow as Portland was getting soaked and the mountain looks the way she's supposed to at this time of year. Despite cloudless skies all the way from Portland to around Mount Hood Meadows the east side of the mountain was completely covered with fog and low clouds - which actually worked to our advantage when shooting but at the same time resulted in freezing temperatures for which we weren't completely prepared. The hike leads along Cold Spring Creek which offers some very scenic views and the trail ends with the spectacular looking Tamanawas Falls - the water spray combined with freezing temperature covered every branch, rock and trail with a thick layer of ice which made for some tricky approach but we got some nice shots at the end.

Pentax HD Ltd. 20-40mm/2.8-4.0 @20mm f/10 1.0s ISO 100

Pentax HD Ltd. 20-40mm/2.8-4.0 @20mm f/8 0.5s ISO 100

Pentax HD Ltd. 20-40mm/2.8-4.0 @26mm f/8 1/4s ISO 100

Pentax HD Ltd. 20-40mm/2.8-4.0 @20mm f/8 0.8s ISO 100

On our way back we stopped for a couple of minutes at Trillium Lake to capture a quick shot of Mount Hood in the evening light.

Pentax HD Ltd. 20-40mm/2.8-4.0 @20mm f/8 1/13s ISO 100