In the southern end of the Cabinet Mountains a small creek climbs from its confluence with a larger one, about seven miles to its source in a cold spring just below the top of Big Hole Peak. Throughout that course the water falls nearly a mile in a never ending stream of small cascades and waterfalls, some of which can be accessed from the trail that runs along it through Spring Creek Canyon. Here are just a few.
This one is a sanctuary for me on hot days: it’s always cool in the canyon. The first half mike of this trail is completely silent because the water flows underground there. Then the sound starts and it makes music all of the rest of the way up.
All of the creeks here that come down from the higher areas have waterfalls and cascades. On some parts of them though the brush is so thick it is difficult to get to the water or get a good photo chance.
Thanks Tricia. I like the shadowy places too. There are so many pretty places on that stream it would take weeks to shoot them all. Most are not easy to get to, at least to where you can get a good shot.
Perhaps on one of those very hot summer days I will return there just to take photos. Yesterday I was exploring the trail for a hike I want to take possibly next week, where I will hike up a similar trail for 7 miles and spend a night on a peak. Then, come back down this one. Looks like the trail will be OK but I’ll have to be prepared for wading at the stream crossings.
Always cool in the summer, absolutely frigid in winter. It’s very close for me and the way it is configured, very seldom visited by people. There is a mile uphill hike just to get to the stream, and the trail upstream is very steep and rocky for six miles. The trail tops out at 5,500 feet and from there is another trail to Big Hole peak at about 7,000. Enough rough country to keep most people out.
After about a mile the trail reaches the stream and when you enter the canyon you can feel the temperature drop. I shall have to measure that some day, but I’ll bet its about a 20 degree change. In summer, very refreshing; in winter very cold.
The contrasts of sun and shade there is really hard to work with. Most of these were shot at 1 sec. Takes a lot of experimenting. It would be an interesting place to experiment with your new camera because it can handle the high ISO’s.
Hi Montucky, As I write this at 11:20 PM, it is 87 degrees outside – hot, hot, hot! Your photo of the refreshingly cool cascades is highly appreciated. Cool and beautiful. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!
Oh, my. I think I’m going to bookmark this page for lunchtime meditations – we hit a 116 degree heat index in the afternoon a couple of days ago, and a little refreshment would have been nice. (Although the temperature was only 96 – it’s the humidity, don’t you know?)
These are beautiful photos. Whatever the technical problems, you captured the “feel” of the place so well.
I’m happy to share the settings which varied quite a bit on these. Most were at f10 or f11 for 1 sec. or 1/2 sec. and I had a circular polarizer on the lens. I use what is probably a very strange method for creating settings in situations like these and it usually involves some experimentation. By the way, you can get the exact settings used on any of my photos by clicking on the photo: that will take you to that photo on my Flickr site. In the lower right corner of the photo then you will see three dots. Click on that and it will give you a menu and one of the items will be exif data on the photo which includes all of the settings. I hope this is helpful!