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Upper Proxy Falls by coulombic Upper Proxy Falls by coulombic
Upper Proxy Falls in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, in Oregon.

Searching Google for this area is almost useless. Dozens of home-made websites exist detailing the location of this particular attraction. You know what the problem is? The descriptions and locations are all fundamentally off.

I spent the better part of a day looking for this waterfall; certainly, the day wasn't bad -- the whole area is exceptionally beautiful. Particularly once in the "Three Sisters" area -- the landscape transforms from thickly forested, moss-covered, vibrant greens, to craggy basaltic rock. Miles and miles of inhospitable, jagged rocks; it's not hard to imagine an ungodly volcanic eruption being the source of such strange geologic formations.

Drive farther along the road, and sure enough, the Pacific Northwest's propensity toward thick vegetation cannot be denied. Once again, the scene is nothing but green: every shade on the planet, inescapably dense, consuming everything.

One of my last days in the United States before once again departing for the middle east. When looking at the images taken from this area, I can still feel the moisture; the drops of water on my face, the smell of purity and cleanliness. These recollections inspire a melancholic reverie, a sadness, if you will. Craving nothing but beauty and purity, when all I'm surrounded by is filth.
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blessedcreations Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
YOU TAKE AMAZING PICTURE.
YOU ARE A WINNER.
GOD BLESS YOU.
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ChristyReserva Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This place looks magical. How you managed to capture this beauty and make it appear timeless is definitely something only a professional photographer can do. I'm at a loss of words sometimes when it comes to these photos 'cause that's just the way the beauty of nature connects with you.. it's beyond words I guess. Excellent work.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks again, kind sir: [link]
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porbital Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   Photographer
Your photo is featured to my journal [link]
Thanks,

Pete
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PRibeiro Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing congratulions

visit my gallery,and comment please<b>
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ICandy72 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
just a great picture that captures the essence of the Pacific NorthWest. thx for sharing
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DreaErvin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Photographer
I love this! I have to dig for my shots from this Summer of this same place. Wonderful description. This is my #1 spot in Oregon.
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coulombic Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Photographer
You should definitely post it and send me a link. I'd love to see it. Whenever I get back to Oregon, I'm planning to go back, and hopefully hit lower Proxy Falls, too.
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DreaErvin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Photographer
I will look for it this weekend. I have so many shots to process it is overwhelming. The lower falls is a must! That is where all the magic is. Let me know when you are headed back. Maybe we can meet up.
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Wonderful capture! :clap:
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MattBerri Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
First, love the place. I lived in Oregon for a few years and the natural beauty there is amazing. Second, love the capture. I've worked for a while to master that and your shot is amazing. Good luck overseas and come back.
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great work
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heat54 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Great.
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Sparia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist
good work...can totally feel atmosphere of the place
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Tanager Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You should totally just get a good Oregon Hiking book like Moon. The internet hasn't caught up with books for hiking or camping... I know because I do a lot. localhikes.com has some good stuff in int, but it's just not as reliable.
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Netbug009 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Writer
WOW! What a beautiful place! And the angle you took the shot at just makes this picture. :D
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greglief Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Proxy! Regarding your comments in the last paragraph of your description, I know precisely how you feel. I hope that you make it safely back to the PNW.
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Gorgeous
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KAPI-MURDER Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The picture looks so nicely captured ^^
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AloriaTheZombie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!! :D
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orinoor Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
This is a beautiful shot and in a way, I'm glad it was hard to find. The journey makes it that much more precious and as long as it is difficult to find, it will hopefully stay pure for a long time to come.
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GroovyGeek Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Hard to find? Both Upper and Lower Proxy Falls are on the same trail and easily accessible, an easy 1 mile or so walk from the parking lot. Google Maps pinpoints the location with accuracy [link] About the only problem is that OR242 is routinely closed very late in the year due to snow, so you cannot drive there from Sisters, which is what people try to do. You have to go back over the Santiam Pass on US20, then take OR126 towards Eugene/Corvalis, a 100+ mile drive if you try OR242 first, as there are usually no signs telling you that OR242 is closed. We do this to keep the riffraff out :-)
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rosemillenium Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Splendid photo, coulombic !!! And in the same time, you're a poet !

Congratulations and good continuation in your art !

Wish you, your family and all friends a splendid day !

Friendly,

Rosa,
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Photos-By-Michelle Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011   Photographer
So gorgeous :)
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o0oLUXo0o Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
HOLY COW! That's one of the best Shots of Proxy I have Ever SEEN! :omg: Great Work!
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Pretty, just dreamlike ^^ ~:heart:
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Merhlin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Terrific. I need to get back to the Pacific Northwest!
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Tigerkitten879 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
OMG this looks unreal
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Zirun Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
thats cuz it is. waterfalls never look like that. they set the shutterspeed to a lower setting so the water gets that white blur to give it the feeling of motion.
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Tigerkitten879 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
loll thx 4 telling me XDD i thought it may be photoshopped but ppl usually mention that is the description so i was confused O.o
im not a camera person as u can tell XP thx again ^.^
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BVBcookies2698 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Love it! It looks so peaceful! :)
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty :)
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LunarThunderStorm Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful!:D
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porbital Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011   Photographer
beautiful!
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CaLisTac Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture :)
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Very pretty shot.
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