Stumbling On Stunning Iron Creek Falls

As I mentioned earlier in the week Theresa and I headed out to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in hopes of getting to visit Spirit Lake. Due to road closures, which by the way I’ve since found out will be open July 1st, we were unable to get close to the lake. However, the trip was far from a bust. It was while we were taking random service roads to see where they might lead that we came across Iron Creek Falls, a stunning double chute waterfall.

Iron Creek Falls

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Iron Creek Falls

As beautiful as the falls, are I wanted to show them in context with their surroundings which I find just as beautiful. Much like a well selected frame complements the piece of art it surrounds. You lose some of the intrinsic beauty when the two are split.

So with that in mind I went for a low angle shot that pulled in as much of the surrounding as possible. The framing options were virtually limitless but this was the shot I felt gave the waterfall the best ‘pop’. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in the United States. Included as part of the Mount Rainier Forest Reserve in 1897, this area was set aside as the Columbia National Forest in 1908.

In 1949 it was renamed for Gifford Pinchot, an active conservationist who was the first chief of the Forest Service.  Pinchot’s philosophy is made clear in his farsighted statement that the forests should be managed for “..the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”

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