This is the waterfall, called the Pool of Winds, on the Hamilton Mountain Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. It's one of my favorite spots in the gorge. The waterfall plummets into a rocky bowl with sheer walls, pouring out of a narrow slit at the opposite side to continue in a series of cascades, passing under a bridge visible from the Pool of Winds where the main trail crosses the stream. A side trail leads up to the slit, where hikers can lean out and stick their faces in the cool, misty breeze that rushes out from the waterfall chamber. The saxifrage is growing on the left-hand side, near the top. In winter, this view is inaccessible, as the waterfall floods the rock shelf in front of the notch. The amount of water that must flow through that notch raises the high water line, but the saxifrage apparently is safe above that raging torrent. It took a risk and found its perfect spot. In deciding on a photo (or photos) to post for my Wednesday Vignette this week, this scene struck a chord with me. I'm currently considering taking on a risk in order to find my spot, my perfect fit, as we all do at least once in our lives. We should all be as lucky as this daring plant, for whom the risk paid off.
|The mist rushing out from the waterfall makes it difficult to get a clear shot.|