Yesterday, my husband and I went on one of the most amazing hikes we have ever done - right here nearly in our own backyard. This is Cataract Falls, on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County. This part of the mountain is not officially in the state park, but in an area maintained by the water district. When we have as much rain as we have had this year (tons!), the ground gets soaked and these falls develop. The runoff spills into Alpine Lake, the source for drinking water for Marin County.
We were blown away! We started our hike at the bottom of the hilll, and climbed about 2000 feet in a mile and a half - a pretty good workout. Each time I thought that we had seen the last of the falls, we would round a bend and see even more. There must have been at least 9 spillways.
I have not had much success in the past photographing waterfalls, but this time, I took along my new Vari ND Grad filter, a pretty expensive toy which really did the trick for this. You can dial in the exact level of exposure you want by twisting it like a polarizer and slow the falls to just the amount you would like.
I am very happy with the result here, but know that I can do even more. So, I will be back before the water runs out. I am told that by summer, there is nary a drop of water to be seen. Amazing!
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