#ThrowbackTuesday: Palouse Falls

My first post is going to include pictures from the first time I used my camera’s automatic zoom feature.. Although, none of these pictures were taken with it!

I love photography but it’s been a 2-year learning curve for me. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t even know my camera had a lot of the features it did until I let a professional photographer look at it. I am slowly, sloooowly learning how to be a pro.

In July 2016 I road-tripped with an old friend into western Washington to camp at Palouse Falls State Park for a night. It was a blast and the scenery was gorgeous, both at the park and on the drive. Ever heard of #thatNWbus? We saw it.

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I love this picture and it is the crown jewel of my trip. I had an Instagram follower ask to purchase the high-res file and even though they ignored me after asking, that still felt pretty good! Stumbling upon this bus was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. And remember, that focus was manual.

After getting to the park we checked out the waterfall and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The falls run into a basin, which I imagine is common in a place like the Grand Canyon but I’ve never been there so this was quite an experience.

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This picture doesn’t do a great job of showcasing just how high the cliffs were. I wish I could show how treacherous the climb to get to the base of the falls was! It took an hour and involved holding on to bungee cords and walking through a wasp colony. Dangerous, but so rewarding. There were a series of smaller falls and a river cutting through the canyon that were just as beautiful. And I haven’t seen wild sunflowers anywhere else before!

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We were only there for the night, but it was a great time. I love to hike, and becoming more knowledgeable about my equipment was very nice. I’ve seen some phenomenal shots of the falls in the winter, and would love to go back then. I’ve flown to a few places in western Washington but this has been my favourite experience so far!

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