Pixley Spring

Pixley Falls State Park

I wasn’t in the work mode yesterday so I decided to take the day off. No plans, wasn’t “feeling it” I guess. The weather was not supposed to be all that great (it lived up to the expectations), but I thought there might be a chance for me to get out for a few pictures. I spent most of the morning curled up in my chair with a book.

In the afternoon Mother Nature kept teasing me with glimpses of the sun and at one point I swear I saw a patch of blue sky. Around 1:30pm it looked like the rain might hold off for a little while so I drove up to Pixley Falls State Park to explore. It is a twenty minute drive to the park and I was doubting my decision the whole way. I knew the main falls would have too much water for a good image but I was hoping the tributaries would offer up a few opportunities.


Spring Rush
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 32mm, f/16, ISO 100


There was a lot of mist coming off the waterfall directly at my normal location for an image. I was able to get a look of the volume of water from a vantage point downstream. No clear view but this does convey the ferocity of the water during the spring runoff.

Luckily, the side tributaries did have what I was looking to capture. Normally, during the summer and autumn months there is barely more than a trickle. It was good to see some water working its way down the cascades. I need to continue exploring this park, especially as the winter landscape migrates toward spring…


Spring Run
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 19mm, f/16, ISO 100

5 responses to “Pixley Spring

    • This one is tough, the falls face south so are in the sun most of the day. This is definitely an overcast day waterfall. I like mid-morning to give the sun (if it is out) time to crest the hills and provide light for the tributaries. Late afternoon works but by 2 hours before sunset you start to loose the sun to the hills to the west.

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