Pretty much everything at Elowah Falls on this morning was a mess. The hike down to the waterfall was a mess. The colors near the falls were a mess. The branches stuck in the stream, the leaves fallen in random places, the complaints from Willie and Alan, and the rain trickling down on us all made for quite the messy scene. We had hoped for some beautiful fall colors for our long weekend in the Columbia River Gorge but most of the colors hadn't peaked yet or just died out into dead, brown leaves.
Elowah Falls is pretty majestic and our first inclination was to get close to it. Unfortunately, there weren't any fall colors and we found ourselves slightly down stream. Elowah became blocked by some trees but we did finally find some autumn color to include in our photos. Leaves fell on top of the rocks near us, ripped off their trees by the rain from earlier in the morning. We tried a number of compositions before lining up in a row and settling on this little cascade here.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO 250