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[ CHASING LIGHT ] - Wenatchee River & Icicle Creek - Leavenworth, WA USA

[ CHASING LIGHT ] - Wenatchee River & Icicle Creek - Leavenworth, WA USA

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As a landscape photographer, I find myself perpetually “chasing light.” The type of light that sparkles through clouds or dances through trees during certain times of the day.

Chasing light can be frustrating, hazardous, and eminently rewarding (if and when you catch it), all in the same moment. I’ve nearly driven into a ditch, fallen into a river, and slipped off a cliff while chasing light. Nonetheless, for me, chasing light is an obsession.

Authentically spectacular light, can appear in an instant. Compelling you stop in your tracks, throw caution to the wind and do whatever necessary to capture the moment. You impulsively search for a place to pull over (many times, this will be the middle of a road), grab your gear, find a vantage point and POOF, the light can vanish as expeditiously as it arrived !

In early October, I left home at 3am en route to Leavenworth Washington in search of fall foliage. Having spent the better part of the morning driving up and down Tumwater Canyon, stalling numerous times to survey the landscape, my chances of finding early morning light and fall colors seemed to be fading quickly.

I decided to turn up a forest road and follow the river past a couple of remote campgrounds. Tracking the river for some 15 miles, I found myself shooting whatever Mother Nature decided to put forth - on this particular day, she was indeed quite penurious.

Tired and hungry, I turned into Johnny Creek campground for one last look, before heading back to town for lunch. Lamentably, the trees were quite dense and the campground eerily dark. I turned the corner, pulled into a campsite, looked to the right and “BAM”, out of nowhere, a cumulation of ash, maple and aspen were dancing in the light amidst the banks of the river.

Knowing I had a limited opportunity to capture the moment, I grabbed my gear, scrambled to the river and was lucky enough to snap a few frames. Within a couple of minutes, the sun has passed behind the trees and the resplendency of the scene had vanished.