...Notes from the Field


Silver Falls on Mount Rainier

by | Oct 31, 2011

I’ve been shooting wild and natural landscapes in many locations in the United States for a long time now. One of the most disastrous things a photographer can do is get lazy when shooting new places. It happens to the best of us, and everyone does it: we get too comfortable. Sometimes we have to shake things up to create a sense of wonder in ourselves and our craft.

Silver Falls, one of the most spectacular and violent waterfalls to be seen on Mount Rainier. (Rich Leighton)

Silver Falls

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Lately my ideas and techniques with landscape photography have everything to do with trying to create a sense of movement, power, and continuum. In this image, I wanted to show the sheer violence and power of this waterfall on the Ohanapecosh River on Mount Rainier. The water flowed with a tremendous force, enough to take these huge evergreen trees and render them into smashed logs, then stack them like discarded twigs on the side of the river at the base of the falls. Simply amazing!

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Thank you in advance!



  1. Bill Metek

    I can feel the mist from that raging falls from here ! Great work Rich ! 

  2. Pjmartel

    My Fall desktop pic. Beautiful.

  3. JacqueeG

    Rick I’m so glad you are enjoying this coast,
    I’m hoping now you understand why I loved your nature shots so much, it is so exciting when you get excited about what you find out here!  Your work is still such a pleasure..you did Mt Rainier good!!! 

    • RichLeighton

      Thanks as always, Jacquee! I hope all is well with you and yours!


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