Ephemeral Waterfall at Don Robinson State Park

June 26, 2018

A waterfall reveals itself for a brief period following a rainstorm at Don Robinson State Park, Jefferson County.

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The great thing about Don Robinson State Park is its high concentration of box canyons and waterfalls. Unfortunately, the waterfalls are ephemeral, unlike spring-fed waterfalls that flow every day. I am lucky to live within 25 minutes of the park so I can check my favorite sites on short notice after a good storm. This is just what I did this morning after a night of frequent thunder and moderate rain. As you can see from the featured image, this particular little gem of a fall, which I have been calling, “Flat Rock Falls,” was flowing just enough to nicely enhance one of the park’s many verdant canyons.

The following image is another look at the falls from a more lateral position. I was happy to see some flowers in the foreground as I made this image.

A view of Flat Rock Falls from a different angle.

The final image I have shared is a long view of the falls from downstream. Leveling was a little tricky because of the tilted bedrock in the foreground. I made sure the image was true with the horizon by pulling up a grid to ensure the upper falls were dropping perfectly vertically. It’s hard for water to fall any other way! I thought this final shot was a little busy, but Joyce loved it.

A long view of the falls from the bedrock steps downstream.

By the time I finished the images from the most downstream set-up, the falls had already diminished to a trickle. I was glad I hadn’t wasted any time this morning getting over to the park and that I chose to walk in the rain to the site. The rain didn’t bother me much because every other walk I have taken to the park’s canyons has left me soaked in sweat anyway. The place is like a rain forest in the summer. Fun times!

Thanks for looking,

DB

Note to photographers:  Don Robinson State Park is so green right now, I had to desaturate each image from neutral, or “0” on the sat scale by at least one click. Otherwise, the images would have looked like an LSD dream of what actually saw. All three images were made with my Canon 1D Mark IV and a Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens. I used a three-stop graduated neutral density filter with a soft edge (4 x 6 acrylic sheet) that I just hold in front of the lens during the shot. The filter was necessary to prevent blow-out of the woods above the falls after the rest of the scene was properly exposed.

Each image was made at whatever shutter speed was necessary at ISO 100 and f/14 to f/18 to obtain a proper exposure in the dark canyon. That shutter speed varied from 15 to 30 seconds. Finally, I matched the color on my LCD, after a few test shots, to the actual scene with a white balance setting of 5000 K. This can be done in post processing of RAW files but why not get it right in the field?

Every shot was taken from a tripod, of course, with a two-second timer and the mirror locked up to avoid unnecessary vibration. About 50% of the images were immediately discarded due to motion blur in the leaves of the tree limb hanging in front of the falls. Vegetative motion blur is a huge image killer in my opinion. It is best to make images such as these in dead calm if possible.

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4 comments on “Ephemeral Waterfall at Don Robinson State Park”

  1. Ephemeral has to be one of the most magical words ever, eh? I’d never realized the nature of ‘ephemeral waterfalls.’ Thanks so much for this delight today. What a delicious little read and piece of beauty. I’d love it if you’d share a larger image of each photo, ’cause I’m greedy to see every exquisite detail. Is that possible? (And can you delete my prior comment, which I typed incorrectly. I don’t know how to delete a comment or edit it. Sorry about that.)

    • Hi Chrissy — Great to hear from you. Unfortunately, I’m reluctant to share full-sized images on the internet because scoundrels are always out there looking for something to steal. That’s the world we live in today! I’m so happy you enjoyed these frames from DRSP. More to come from all the different seasons.

  2. Hi Chrissy — Great to hear from you. Unfortunately, I’m reluctant to share full-sized images on the internet because scoundrels are always out there looking for something to steal. That’s the world we live in today! I’m so happy you enjoyed these frames from DRSP. More to come from all the different seasons.

  3. Chrissy has said all I wanted to say 😀 Except that I am happy with the images you’ve provided.


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