Falls from the Ledge
There is something about a violent cascading flow of water snaking down a steep mountain pass that inspires a hunger to explore while evoking a sense of wonder I have always loved climbing waterfalls. The adrenalin heightening challenge of finding purchase along the slippery rocks, tempered by the soothing sound of the falling water, combine and balance each other, making the experience sublimely rewarding. There are other advantages to climbing against waters downward flow. It is one of the best ways to find a unique angle to capture the cascading waters magic.
At 9,200 feet Carr Canyon is the second highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains and the third highest in Cochise County. It is first in having its own waterfall. Temperamental in nature, it will only flow during snowmelt and monsoon runoff. As temps reached the 70's yesterday the snowmelt began and the waterfalls channel filled. This was my opportunity to explore. About a quarter of a mile up I found a dry rock under an overhanging boulder where the water fell and filled a small pool. Carefully navigating across the water and under the boulder, I squeezed into the small space and set up my gear. This shot is the result.
There is a special magic in the Southern Arizona high desert. It is the mystical blessing of a supreme being that has touched this land with a bit of everything, and an abundance of nothing. It is a land that calls out to be explored to see its beauty. It is not a place where you get to drive up to a national monument and score a beautiful scene. You have to work for it here. That is what makes it so much more worthwhile.
I am blessed to witness and share the glory of His creation and humbly remain His scribe.
Shoot Date: February 26, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Aperture priority 2.0 sec at f/16 2 EV
Lens: EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 35 mm