Wahkeena Falls

Another wonderful waterfalls I was able to photograph during my recent trip to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, was Wahkeena Falls. Although only 242 feet tall, it was one of my favorite waterfalls I found during my visit to the Gorge. There were several reachable viewpoints and each had it’s own advantages. Here are a few of my favorite images.

This first image was captured at the foot of the falls, after walking a ways down the trail so that I could also include the creek runoff from the falls:

Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge, OR


Shooting horizontally, I captured this view of the lower portion of the falls, captured from the same location:

Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge, OR


Moving closer to the bottom of the falls, I captured this closeup of the falls as it hit the bottom. This capture was the most difficult to make … there was a ton of wind created from the falling waters (making it difficult to just stand still), as well as a large amount of mist in the air, causing the lens to be covered with water droplets immediately after uncovering. A real challenge!:

Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge, OR


And one of my favorite views was a “long distance” view of the falls (if you look closely, you can see a couple of people near the bottom of the falls). I loved this viewpoint so much that when I was done photographing and was alone, I sprinkled some of my wife’s ashes at this viewpoint … what a view to wake up to each and every day!:

Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Gorge, OR

More Columbia River Gorge posts coming up!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Tamron 17-35mm lens, all shot at 17mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ball head
  • ISO 100 (all photos)
  • Aperture f/16 (top 3 photos) and f/11 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter 0.5 sec. (top 2 photos), 1 sec. (3rd photo down), 1/4 sec. (bottom photo)



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