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Waterfall - Panther Creek Falls - up close by La-Vita-a-Bella Waterfall - Panther Creek Falls - up close by La-Vita-a-Bella
After seeing pics from :iconnwunseen: and :iconlalight: I figured it was time for me to make a visit to the grand Panther Creek Falls.

The description in their photos told tales of having to scale down a rock cliff to get to the base of the falls and then making your way onto a wet, mossy log while being battered by mist to get the best shot.

Sooooo, I came equipped with all my Pacific Northwest gear....waterproof shoes, water resistant pants, waterproof jacket, rainsleeve for my camera, lens cloths for drying off the constant mist....and of course my camera, wide angle lens, polarizer, and sturdy Gitzo tripod.

The scramble down wasn't as hard as expected....but I wouldn't recommend it for people who aren't used to the wet environment of the Pacific Northwest. A rope was left by a previous hiker, but I found the rocks were fine for grasping. Once you get down to the first landing, I suggest you go to the left (if you're facing downward) to avoid the muddy descent to the right.

You can't trust wet moss on a log...or even a wet log. My very first digital camera took a dip in a creek due to a walk on a wet log. But I made sure to stay in the middle and take small, careful steps.

I chose to present you with a closer look at the falls, rather than the wider view that Addam and LeeAnne posted. I'll probably post a wider view later.

This waterfall is huge and quite the sight to see in person. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area. :D

If you are up for the challenge, there is a lower tier to the falls after another scramble down the steep embankment.


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:icondoktor3616:
Doktor3616 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
beautiful[link]
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spoink49 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Panther creeks has a mesmerizing and amazing beauty nice shot ... I must make it into my favorites, so keep up the good work and take care!!!
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:icontiger--photography:
Tiger--photography Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
lovely!!! :)
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:icontimeforcookies:
TimeForCookies Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Wow, it looks beautiful.
All of a sudden, I'm thirsty, and want to go swimming. Heh.
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
It would be a very cold swim there! :giggle:
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:iconlayperson:
layperson Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
nice
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Photographer
Thanks
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:iconnotablephotography:
NotablePhotography Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Breath taking shot!
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much!
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:iconnotablephotography:
NotablePhotography Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Your welcome~
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:iconsmell-the-roses:
Smell-The-Roses Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I could be there in person, it looks amazing.
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Photographer
It is! :love:
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:iconnwunseen:
NWunseen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
yay! you made it to the base :D first time i dropped in from the wrong side..but yeah..not too bad of a scramble down! love the up close and personal take..beautiful capture, Paula :clap:
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Photographer
Thanks, Addam! The scramble wasn't too bad and neither was the log on the upper tier. I was a little nervous walking on the log by the lower tier....being slanted, I was worried about slipping. But I made it. :D
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:iconnwunseen:
NWunseen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
the moss on that lower tier log was sketchy..wasnt attached to the log at all! plus the mist right there was really bad! my pup almost went for a swim while crossing the log jam to the other side as well!

my pleasure, Paula..truly a superb take on panther creek :D
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Photographer
I stayed off the moss and just stuck to the middle of the log....y'know, the part that was slicker than snot! lol! I walked all the way to the end of the log, getting sprayed massively the whole time. Instead of walking back the whole log, I handed my camera and tripod down to Jack and then jumped off.
I didn't cross the log jam. I'm hoping to return when the water level is lower and shoot from the middle of the creek.
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is fantastic, great shot! :)
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! :D
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:iconpaulswiatkowskiphoto:
PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome :)
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:iconheyfever99:
heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
WOW!! That's beautiful Paula!!!
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks, Steve!
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:iconheyfever99:
heyfever99 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
You're welcome!!
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:iconingoschobert:
IngoSchobert Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The tree gives it a nice sense of size, well done,

Ingo
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! It's quite the monster of a waterfall. :nod:
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:iconmillsy1:
Millsy1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I reallllly need to make the trip down to that area one day. You have such a different set of green, and such beautiful waterfalls!
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
That particular area has tons of waterfalls that you can visit. IMO Lower Lewis Falls is the best one [link]
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Wonderful!
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!!! :love:
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
:icon1stbutterflykiss: You're most welcome!
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:icongustavooroza:
gustavooroza Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Gorgeous :)
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:icongustavooroza:
gustavooroza Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
;)
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:iconglasshouse-1:
GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Gorgeous place and shot.
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconglasshouse-1:
GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
You're always welcome. :iconsparklyroseplz:
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:icondragondoodle:
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an amazing shot! :love:
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! :D
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:iconsamarai:
Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Would have had to do this 20 years ago. Knees are just too far gone for this kind of scrambling around.
Really a great shot, though and nice that you got a different angle than your friends.
Shame it's so dry there, though; dontcha think?
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Yes, this kind of stuff does take it's toll on your knees. It's also a bit of a thigh burner when you have a heavy backpack on as well. lol!
A waterfall, the mist, AND rain to go along with it made for a wet morning. I looked like a drowned rat, which is why you hardly ever see pics of me in these types of locations. :rofl:
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:iconsamarai:
Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
And precisely why we want to see pics of you in these locations...
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
No way!!! I don't even want to see me when I look like that!!! :iconkneedeepdrowningplz:
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:iconsamarai:
Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
No doubt, but I definitely want to.
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
It's not pretty. I promise! :fear:
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:iconsamarai:
Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
You just keep making this more and more irresistible...
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
Have you ever had a friend that said something smelled really terrible and then you couldn't resist so you smelled it too??...and then you were sorry? You can not un-smell something and you can not unsee me looking oh-so-scary! :iconiamscaryplz:
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o0oLUXo0o Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Beautiful Shot Paula! :wow:

I did not brave the hike down! But after seeing yours and Addams and LeeAnne Shot I am Kicking myself for not doing it. And I dont know if I would call that little Yellow thing hanging down there "A Rope" :laughing: but either way I should have gone! Next time your there take a look around the bottom of the Falls and See if you can find my Fish Eye Lens that Shoot off those falls and landed at the bottom some place :lmao:
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, that little yellow thing wasn't enough of a rope to be trusted so we just used the rocks, roots, ferns, etc. to hold on to as we made our way down. We did bring a real rope just in case, but after looking at it, we decided we didn't need it.
You lost your fish eye lens there??? That totally sucks!!! When were you there?
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o0oLUXo0o Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I was there the Weekend you had to shoot the wedding.. Addam took me there.. I cant wait to go back! Got cleared form the Dr today so I can go back to being stupid and climbing on Rocks and Down the sides of mountains and stuff to get that perfect shot! and Yes sadly I rented a Fish eye lens I was in the market to buy and it ended up going over the falls. So time to start saving again!
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:iconla-vita-a-bella:
La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Photographer
Sounds like Addam lives at those falls! lol! Did you get hurt while out shooting? Glad to hear you are cleared for take off. Did you have to pay for the lens or was there insurance with the rental?
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