Palouse Falls Aerial Shoot

February 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A fine clear winter day on the eastern Palouse yesterday - a good day for aerial photography in the low winter sun. We flew from Walla Walla, WA 34 nautical miles northwest to Palouse Falls State Park.  Palouse Falls is often visited by photographers, it's a bit remote, but well worth the trip. The gravel road to the park is usually in good shape and the park facilities are nice. Overnight camping is available if you want to shoot early in the morning or at night.  Someday, I'm going to try a starry sky shot over the falls...
 

Today's objective was to capture aerial oblique images of the falls during high winter flow.  I especially wanted an image with a rainbow formed in the surging mist from the plunge pool. Below is one of the photos.  Palouse Falls is not far from our home airport, so I plan to produce a collection of seasonal images from the air. 
 

A note of concern for photographers: the park has closed the trails leading to the escarpment above the falls, so you now can't get sweeping shots of the falls and downstream canyon. I guess too many careless hikers were getting in trouble, hurt or killed scrambling around the falls and canyons.  Maybe the park will let photographers beyond the fence with special permission. I haven't tried yet.
 


 


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