Sandstone Falls

This is the conglomeration of a few different trips.  I kind of stumbled upon this place, not knowing what to expect.  What I found was one of the most unique sites around.

January in Oregon has now been titled "Statewide Inversion Month".  This picture shows exactly where it ended as I left town.  In town, it was cold, foggy, and miserable.  Just passed that line and it was sunny, warm, and great!

I was surprised to find an actual trail down to the bottom of these falls.  Short and easy.  I thought for sure that it was going to be a steep and brutal bushwhack.

 

A large, bare rock part way down.  It is kind of neat looking.

 

Black and white with more water going over on a later trip.

Once you get down to the bottom, things change.  Peeking through the forest, you start to see some tan rock that appears very out of place.

 

Then there's a split where the geology completely morphs into something from another part of the country.  The Oregon Coast Range is largely comprised of sandstone, due to it being sea floor millions of years ago.  What sets this place apart is that the sandstone is this exposed, is in this condition, and makes up this large of an area.

 

The rocky area in this location is sandstone.  Not just a part here or there, the entire thing.

 

Insect sac on the walls.  These were everywhere.

 

This looks like the nipple on an Egyptian mummy.  (Cannot be unseen.)

 

Oh yeah, there's a waterfall too:

The middle two show the stark contrast of rocks present in here.  The last one is from a wetter trip.  This waterfall probably never gets roaring and it is certainly not the main event at this location. 

The highlight of this place is the sandstone geology:

This is the smaller waterfall about 100 yards away from the main one.  The sandstone rim carries on for around 0.75 miles and rises up about 200' off the pathway.  Scale here is key.  The walls don't look all that tall in this picture.

 

Notice Old Man Cannon in the shadows on the left.  This is a large place.

 

The sun blasting through the smaller waterfall.

 

A shaky walkway video I took.

The path keeps going around.  Where to?

This looks promising...

 

Here's a nice little cave beyond the main area. This one a little more intimate. Very fascinating area in here.

I noticed that .5 miles down Rock Valley Creek from Sandstone Falls was another waterfall.  Shortly after the small cave, the path dies.  I pushed on.


A nice little creek.  Nothing terribly exciting going on down here.  It is pretty steep and dark down at the bottom of the canyon, though.

 

Shortly before reaching the next waterfall, this unusual tree showed up that reminded me of a spider.  It was at this moment I had a bit of inspiration towards Spiderman: Instead of shooting a stream of web out of his wrists, if Spiderman shot a stream of spiders out, no one would mess with him.  

 

Just a thought...

 

Carrying on...

The sun is punishing these photos, but you can make out the top tier in it.  I am pretty sure you can climb down onto that ledge from above.  I missed this when I was above earlier for this trip.  There is a smaller cave/cavern behind the falls.

 

Because of the poor lighting, I switched to black and white to cheat out something interesting.  One thing I do like about the High Contrast Monochrome setting is that it focuses on a lot of messy details that we miss in color shots.  From a technical standpoint, black and white photography is fairly versatile, in that it can either cover up a mess or show one.

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