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Sunlight bursts through a maidenhair fern perched on a weeping wall in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.
When I took this photo I didn't have many chances to get out into nature. "Life gets in the way of living" kind of stuff. When my friend Tula invited me on a hike on one of the busiest trails in Oregon on the Fourth of July... I felt no hesitation about tagging along.
I think my favorite image from the day is this one right here. I was hanging out in a cave when I noticed the backlit ferns. Not thinking anything of it.. I just started shooting. I was lucky enough to catch the sun peeking through the space between the top of the cave and the opposing ridge line. Water dripping down the outside cliff face adds another pleasing element to the scene.
Yeah.. there was a line at the payment box in the parking lot. Yeah.. there was barely any parking. Yup... there was a highway of people walking up the trail and cooling off in the waters. Yes.. I shot Punchbowl Falls. But sometimes when you have those chances to get out and immerse yourself in natural beauty you just need to suck it up and let that opportunity shine. Photo © copyright by TJ Thorne.