Searching for Spring

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A few weeks back I needed to get out … out of the house, away from my computer, and just get some beautiful, fresh air. Thankfully I now live in near of the most beautiful parts of the country: The Columbia River Gorge.So, I jumped in my car, drove out to the start of a trail and went for a nice long hike to a waterfall I’d had my eye on for some time. I made it up to the falls, but since it’s still winter then there just wasn’t enough foliage for my liking. I got an okay photo (here’s one of the waterfall: http://nicolesy.me/1387sfC) but only took a few frames and went back down to get some detail shots of the stream (as seen in this photo).

Overall, I cannot WAIT until Spring officially arrives. My first trip out to the CRG was in the peak season, and now that I live 30 minutes from this stuff that means I will have such an easy time making my out as much as I can possibly fit into my schedule. :) So watch out, in a month or so you’ll be seeing lots of green moss, macro shots of dewy flowers and long-exposures of waterfalls and streams. This photo looks green, but it gets ridiculous when the weather changes. Yippee!

Processed in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6. Finished with the “Circa 1979” preset from the Nicolesy Cross-Processed LR4 preset pack.
(Link: http://nicolesy.me/1388Rml)

By | 2014-08-12T08:53:52+00:00 February 21st, 2013|47 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

47 Comments

  1. Dan Paris February 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    very nice

  2. naceur mohamed February 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    hello, Nicole , very nice

  3. Milena Ilieva February 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    This is Stunning!

  4. Dario Ferrari February 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    lovely..!

  5. Tammy McPheron February 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful

  6. Rachel Houghton February 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Which falls? Inquiring minds…

  7. Rodney Brown February 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Still a good shot lady…;)

  8. Nicole S. Young February 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    +Rachel Houghton I was headed up to Fairy Falls, saw this along the path.

  9. Nicole S. Young February 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    +Rachel Houghton I was headed up to Fairy Falls, saw this along the path.

  10. Rachel Houghton February 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Cool! Will have to check it out this spring…

  11. Rachel Houghton February 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Cool! Will have to check it out this spring…

  12. Paul Colombo February 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Nicole…..such nice work you do, and how you inspire a lot of us with your  posts.

  13. Paul Colombo February 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Nicole…..such nice work you do, and how you inspire a lot of us with your  posts.

  14. Manuela Azevedo February 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Marvellous!

  15. Manuela Azevedo February 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Marvellous!

  16. Sunny Wadhwa February 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    nice pic

  17. Sunny Wadhwa February 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    nice pic

  18. Nicole S. Young February 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks +Paul Colombo, I do my best :)

  19. Nicole S. Young February 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks +Paul Colombo, I do my best :)

  20. Javier Esvall February 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Wonderful!!

  21. Javier Esvall February 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Wonderful!!

  22. Jason Teale February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Great shot! The green moss on the flowing wite misty water is perfect!

  23. Jason Teale February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Great shot! The green moss on the flowing wite misty water is perfect!

  24. Lara White February 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Looks like you found it!

  25. arianna noles February 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Thats so pretty

  26. Grzegorz Tarczyński February 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Well done!

  27. Michael Hatten February 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Very Nice +Nicole S. Young  I expect you'll be making a lot of trips in April/ May. The Spring flowers are already popping up at Rowena Crest on the east end of the Gorge. Make sure you visit the Historic Hwy past the town of Mosier in April for Balsam Root and Lupine.

  28. Long Nguyen Duc February 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Very very nice:O

  29. hali bogie February 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    one word awesome

  30. jaber saad February 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    هلا

  31. Kantarat Pirmluck February 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Good day and beautiful

  32. smith dedo February 22, 2013 at 12:19 am - Reply

    nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Brycia James Kiewlak February 22, 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Love these types of pictures… looking forward to your "spring collection"

  34. Jose Batalla Batalla Sánchez February 22, 2013 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Hello Nicole, you doral aspeak spanish. No hablo inglés y me gustaría hablar sobre la cultura cannabis norteamericana. Un saludo y espero que entiendas el español

  35. Jim Thurman February 22, 2013 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Pretty. I wonder if the shutter speed had been a little faster we might have seen slightly more definition and tone in the water.

  36. custodio borgueta February 22, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

    What was your shutter speed for this, may I inquire? I agree with Jim Thurman's retrospection and am slightly curious. But yet this is quite a magnificent capture.

  37. Nauman Taji February 22, 2013 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Nicole S. Young very nice and good

  38. Nauman Taji February 22, 2013 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Nicole S. Young very nice and good

  39. Dan Paul February 22, 2013 at 6:30 am - Reply

    nice view………….

  40. Rickbischoff Transmit February 22, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    hApPy moss !!

  41. علاء الشمري February 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Nice

  42. ivan boev February 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    it's really cool man, really slow shutter speed!

  43. Boris Manic February 23, 2013 at 1:59 am - Reply

    nice!

  44. Daniel Alexi February 23, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    This Pic Is Computer Graphics :)
    Good Luck

  45. Raj Kumar February 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    so beautiful

  46. glen fraser February 24, 2013 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

  47. Ashraf Zahran February 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    ايه الجمال ده

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