Saturday, April 20, 2013

Alamere Falls

One of my favorite waterfalls in the Bay Area is Alamere Falls, by some considered to be in top ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

What makes Alamere Falls unique is that it flows directly into the ocean. Moreover, it can only be accessed by a relatively long hike (4 miles one-way), which means that usually you can enjoy the beauty of the falls and surrounding them beach in solitude. A truly perfect spot for a relaxing picnic, a walk along the beach, a dip in the ocean, or a nap.

Alamere Falls flows directly into Pacific

Showering in Love :)

Horse-riding on the beach near the falls

The Upper Cascades of the Alamere Falls

The Upper Cascades of the Alamere Falls

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Self-portraits with Waterfalls

I have followed my own advice from the previous post and this weekend I spent exploring several waterfalls of Whiskeytown/Mt. Shasta area. During last three days we hiked over 30 miles and saw over ten waterfalls–all of which were amazing. We definitely are going to come back here for more waterfall hiking. In meantime, we have to be satisfied with the few waterfalls we saw and memories of them captured on film.

Hedge Creek Falls

Upper Brandy Creek Falls

Crystal Creek Falls

Testing our new car on the way to Whitney Falls (test passed)

Middle McCloud Falls

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Waterfalls of California

There are many reasons why I've been terribly inconsistent in my blogging. The key one is that I'm trying to travel as much as possible this year, and in between travels I'm preoccupied planning the next adventure.

The plans for this year are very ambitious. In a week I'll be going to Europe for a month, where I plan to visit Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Germany. Soon after that trip, I'll be going to Rocky Mountain and West North Central States for three weeks, where I plan to photograph nine national parks that I haven't visited before. As soon as that trip is over, I'll be flying to Alaska for more national parks and wildlife photography. And the culmination of my summer will be also its highlight: backpacking the southern half of John Muir Trail.

After that last trip, I hope to be able to slow down a bit, so that I can have time to process all the photographs accumulating on my laptop, as well as to work on some personal goals that require me to stay put rather than sleep five nights a week in a hotel.

Anyway, the purpose of this blog post is to let all my California friends know that the weather is perfect right now to go hiking on one of many waterfall trails that we have scattered all over the Bay Area and other parts of California. With the snow starting to melt in the mountains and recent rains, all the waterfalls are at their peak, waiting for you to pay them a visit. Don't disappoint them!

If you want my personal recommendation, the Cataract Falls Trail would be it. Take a look at the photos below to see how spectacular it looked just five days ago. Enjoy and let me know if you find some other great waterfall trails that I might not know about.