Right after college I landed a contract with the Forest Service to re-take old photos of burn areas in Montana in order to gauge the rate and type of botanical recovery. I’d hunt with a GPS for stakes driven into the ground at the photo points way out in the forest, then take the same picture taken years before from each point. My second summer doing this I was so good at it I would finish early and have about a week to road trip. I backpacked through Yellowstone’s backcountry reading Jack London and looking for wolves, then stopped at a sapphire mine and came away with an impressive little handful of raw gems. On my way back, I found this amazing waterfall. The water hadn't really made a riverbed; it was just flowing over the forest floor, giving the cascades a really remarkable texture. Most nature photographers use a filter to block out light for the long exposure necessary for the smoothing effect of the water. I had none, but I was lucky enough to have arrived at just the right time of evening to barely get what I wanted with my aperture all the way at f/22.
Canon EOS D60, f/22, 1/3 sec., ISO-100, 15mm focal length