The day we ran across Merriman Falls I took dozen of photographs. One, well, just it’s a beautiful waterfall, the other is that with it’s multi-tiered levels, there were unlimited perspective angles to frame it. However, it was easier said than done, between the undergrowth and the algae covered rocks Merriman Falls wanted to keep a sense of privacy.

Merriman Falls


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Behind the Photo

I placed the boulder in the foreground to help give the photograph some depth; the low angle helps with the height. Reviewing the photos on my LCD afterwards I felt that what was missing was the sense of size. This is a common problem with landscape photography where the scale of your features can be immense. That’s where placing a person or other familiar object somewhere in the photo can help.

In this case position Theresa where you could both judge the scale and depth of the falls. Wasn’t easy to do so. First the noise of the falls made verbal communication impossible once she was further than 10 feet away. Hand gesture were the only way to get an idea for position across and that wasn’t idea. In addition, the scramble up the falls were a bit tricky but luckily Theresa has always had a sense of adventure..

Merriman Falls

Merriman Falls is the most accessible waterfall in the Lake Quinault area of the Olympic Peninsula. The falls plunge about 40 feet over a cliff before splashing through a pile of rocks and logs covered in all sorts of mosses and ferns and passing under the road towards the Quinault River. The falls are one of the most popular attractions in the Quinault area due to its ease of access, yet at the same time its a very little known waterfall among the various popular waterfalls in the Olympics. Merriman Creek has a rather small catchment basin, so expect it to be reduced in stature in the summer and fall.


Steve Weileman

I've been lucky enough to have some of my work featured on CNN, Outside TV and, National Geographic. Join me as I continue to both learn the art of film-making and document the exciting new modern world of citizen-science. His work has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and OutsideTV, as well as numerous local outlets.

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