Landscape - Chris Galando
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The Broken Ladder

Kanarra Falls Utah, A broken ladder in the distance used to lead travelers up the second waterfall at Kanarra Creek Falls as the other ladder washed away and wedged itself between a couple rocks.

As I waded through the water hiking up the creek I spoke briefly to a couple other hikers who were heading back and I asked how much further I was to reaching the second waterfall. They said it was right around the bend and they just came down the waterfall. Then one of the hikers repeated "we really just came down it!". As they limped off back down the creek I finally realized what they were getting at when I approached the second set of falls. Apparently they had gotten up the waterfall but had to jump down as the ladder washed away.

I was a bit disappointed as I was looking forward to continuing the hike but since the rain and hail was starting to come down I thought maybe it was a good idea to head back anyway. I setup my tripod in a few feet of water and took a few shots. The extremely cold water came up to mid thigh on me and I had to lightly jog in place to keep my muscles from tensing up. Like my other images form this location I used a 14-24mm and it was fairly close to the water which was a challenge to keep the lens clear of water drops. I finally managed a clean shot and headed back and it rained, and sometimes hailed, the entire way back! I felt like I went swimming with my clothes on!

Nikon D800E, 14-24mm f/2.8, Lucroit Filter Holder, Hitech 1.2 stop ND filter, processed in Lightroom 5 and Nik Sharpener Pro 3

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