Up Falls Creek

Up Falls Creek

Went for a nice hike this morning to one of the more popular hikes along the Turnagain Arm: the Falls Creek Trail.  According to 55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe, Jr., the total trail is about 5.25 miles long with a 2,900 foot elevation gain.  My friend John and I were not interested in going all the way, but we wanted to get toward the top.  Our turnaround point was the area were the birch grove gave way to the alder along the creek.  Including my extended stop toward the top to photograph the creek under a canopy of alders, we took about three hours.  The even, diffuse overcast light made for perfect lighting to capture the stream, the woods, and the undercover.

I find, however, that the more and more I photograph a particular type of subject – like cascading streams, for example – it becomes increasingly challenging to photograph the subject in a unique, creative way.  But, that’s a good thing as far as I am concerned; I need to stay fresh, stay on my creative toes.  Fortunately, living in Anchorage, I am so close to so many locations that give me the opportunity to repeatedly visit and try new approaches, new ways of composing similar – or even the same – subjects.

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