Brice Creek

Back in December, Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey and I decided to head east of Cottage Grove up Brice Creek to do the Trestle Creek Trail loop.

"...must come back during a high water event..."  Sad thing is that Upper Trestle Creek Falls just does not have many high water moments.  This is the highest I've seen the flow at the waterfall, either in-person or in a picture.

 

It's a nice waterfall, but there is more to here than just a waterfall.

 

Looking back up from the bottom of the falls makes you realize how big of a hole this is.

 


I thought there would be more water going over than there was.  I think we were both a bit disappointed that the scenery wasn't quite as pretty as we expected, as well. This might be a better spring-time hike than a winter hike.

Last time I was here, the portion of the trail on the corner about 50 yards from the waterfall was really wet and deteriorated, making it a little treacherous.

We continued around the loop.

 

I think this would make a good jigsaw puzzle.

 

We blew some time trying to get a decent photo of this madrone.  The fog was pouring through the forest in places and made for some amazing scenery that just did not translate to photograph very well, unfortunately.

 

Lower Trestle Creek Falls is very pretty.  I was heading across the logjam and nearly fell in the freezing water, instead landing with my knee on a log, hoping I didn't slide in.  For whatever reason, Jeremiah thought this was quite humorous.

 

 

Here's where we find something new.  I took a few of this view and while sorting them, two were nearly identical.  While flipping back and forth between the two to figure out which one I liked better, I noticed they created the illusion of a 3D image.

 

This is pretty cool, especially considering it was 100% an accident.  Two pictures were taken between them and these two were taken upside down from one another, yet the X-axis stays almost the same, down to the pixel.

 


We headed the short distance back to the car to hit the next destination.

 

Shortly after, we came across some vanilla leaf.

 

It is especially cool looking when it's just a bit moist and you use flash, making it look like a tacky lampshade.  Fabulous!

A mushroom growing on a boulder near the outhouse.  Ah, symbolism...

At this point, we had some time left and decided to head to nearby Parker Falls, which is where I dumped our non-waterproof camera in the creek a few years ago.

 

It was cold.  These didn't turn out like I was hoping, but using flash and high contrast monochrome creates a neat effect within the icicles.  Maybe next time.

There wasn't much snow along Trestle Creek, but just a ways up the road, it was higher in elevation and pretty frozen.  The going was a lot tougher, as there was quite a bit of snow the last half of this trail.

 

Upper Parker Falls.  Funny on the last one, I don't think Jeremiah even realized I was taking a picture.  Just the sheer joy of being outdoors.  With me.  Emphasis on the latter.

 

Above Parker Falls.

 

From the trail looking back.  I thought it might look interesting if I took out the color:

I didn't quite like the frame for one reason or another, so I tilted the camera slightly and took another picture...and...

...again by sheer, dumb luck, I captured another 3D effect, this time vertically.

Funny enough, I've tried and tried for hours to recreate this effect and have thus far been unsuccessful.

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