Secluded Beauty-Warm Springs Falls in Southern Oregon

Warm Springs Falls drops over a sheer basalt wall into a lush, mossy valley in a forest sprinkled with autumn color in the Umpqua National Forest in southern Oregon.
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Warm Springs Falls drops over a sheer basalt wall into a lush, mossy valley in a forest sprinkled with autumn color in the Umpqua National Forest in southern Oregon.

I have been to Oregon many times to photograph the many waterfalls around the state, but up until recently, I had never been there in autumn. It was nice to get a chance to get a different perspective of the same falls. Some were a bit of a disappointment due to low water flows, but many were looking good with a sprinkling of fall color around them.

It generally always rains when I am in Oregon, but not this time. The skies were cloudless, and the temps were in the seventies! This made it a bit challenging, but by shooting mainly around sunrise and sunset, I still had a productive trip. This was the last waterfall my son and I visited early on our last day. It had been five years since I last was there and was surprised to find that an official overlook had been constructed. There is quite a drop-off, so I suppose that was a good thing! The sun was just beginning to light up the background, but we were able to get our shots in before light hit the falls.

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