Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls is a nice waterfall just to the west of Bend, Oregon.

Goddess and I made the drive up on a sunny Sunday morning before leaving Bend.  It’s at the end of a dead-end road, but at the focal point for outdoor adventure.  Never mind the dozen or so road cyclists we passed on the way out, each turnoff had several cars with bike racks for those headed off to the trails or to fish the pristine water.

In other words, my kind of place.

I’m just working on convincing Goddess that it’s her kind of place too.

Although, with scenes like this right out the back door, I don’t think there needs to be much convincing.

Tumalo Falls

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Wizard Reflection

A wider view than last, capturing the gorgeous blue water, shallow along the shore of Wizard Island.

Wizard Reflections

And while that water looks tropical, I seriously doubt that it is, considering the lake is fed only by snowmelt every spring.

But you can swim in that hole, like these folks did.

Or you can swim across the entire lake.  Twice.  Like these folks did.

Mount Scott Reflections

If last night’s view of the Northern California coast doesn’t work for us, this is always 90 minutes away.

Mount Scott Reflections

Goddess repeated several times “How is this even real?”.  She was awestruck by not only the scenery, but the natural colors, especially in the rocks.

And the water.  Oft cited as the most pure water in North America, the deep blues here are impressive.  But the turquoise blues in the shallows around Wizard Island (foreground) are astounding.  Perhaps a pic will follow…

Koosah Falls Detail

Well that was a string of desert photos.  I’m not done yet, but it’s time for a break.

Perhaps it should be considered a teaser from this weekend’s trip.

A waterfall on the lee-side of the Cascades.

Koosha Falls Detail

Koosha Falls is one of three major falls on the McKenzie river in Linn County, Oregon.  It is a beautiful place and I hope to get back there in better conditions.

It was too damn sunny!

So if the falls weren’t blown out, then the trees would be.

Of course, I could have taken the easy route and spit out one of those ghastly HDR images.

But that’s not me.

So instead it was time to focus on the details.  Which I love.

My favorite part of this image is that fine narrow fall to the left, landing on the rock below, splitting and continuing its path into the river.

Fine as wine.

Of course, there are so many details in the moss and rocks that are just as intriguing.

Anyway, this fall typically runs 64 feet (19.5 meters).  During high flow in spring, perhaps as high as 70 feet (21.3 meters).  As we were looking at it, I wondered out loud to Goddess – “I wonder if anyone has run it”.  But immediately dismissed that idea, since the best line, just outside image frame right, would be the left side of the falls (as the kayaker approaches).  However, that side of the fall lands very hard on a very large boulder, sending spray everywhere.

I quickly dismissed the idea.

Boy, was I wrong – click here to read (and see) an attempt.

My hat off to those that tackle big water.