Marble Canyon

I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning for what would hopefully be a day of fruitful shooting. My first stop (other than the side of the road for yesterday’s image) was Marble Canyon. Just west of the TransCanada Highway along the 93, Marble Canyon is a pretty impressive display of the erosive power of water. Over the years, Tokumm Creek has whittled it’s way through the mountain rock and at it’s deepest point the canyon must be almost 100 feet deep. The pathway to the top of the canyon is relatively short, but well worth the trek. The sheer power of the falls at the top is absolutely amazing…and a little bit deafening. Today’s shot is of Tokumm Creek just before it makes it’s plunge to the canyon floor.

I’m sure some of you may be wondering what happened to all the trees. Well, a lightning strike in 2003 set this entire forest ablaze for a few days, destroying a jawdropping amount of trees. While this seems sad, it’s natural for these forests to go through these type of changes every few hundred years. It leads to new growth and helps to revitalize the ecosystem.

Chris Nitz - May 25, 2011 - 7:23 am

Lovely shot, but sad to read about the fire. On the bright side, at least it was nature and not human error that caused the fire.

Brian Furbush - May 25, 2011 - 7:25 am

Beautiful shot Heath – how long was the exposure with the 10-stopper out of curiosity?

Chris Frailey - May 25, 2011 - 7:40 am

Nice shot Heath. And do tell about the 10 stop details. 😉

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - May 25, 2011 - 7:59 am

Beautiful tone and use of ND

A.Barlow - May 25, 2011 - 8:41 am

Beautiful misty water man. Perfect exposure.

Scott Ackerman - May 25, 2011 - 9:34 am

Agree with Aaron. Perfect exposure. Love the use of the 10stop on this shot. Well done.

Jim Denham - May 25, 2011 - 10:11 am

Very nice!

Jim Nix - May 25, 2011 - 10:22 am

Heath that totally rocks! what a great scene, killer comp and the processing is perfect!

Jerry Denham - May 25, 2011 - 11:06 am

Amazing image Heath! The long exposure makes the water work with the snow just right. Beautiful scene

Adam Olson - May 25, 2011 - 11:14 am

That is so cool! That water is amazing! Well done Heath!

Wayne Frost - May 25, 2011 - 11:19 am

Nice rendering, Heath. I like how the blue and brown/orange tones play off each other.

Curt Fleenor - May 25, 2011 - 3:41 pm

Awesome work! The colors are wonderful and the ND did the trick for the water.

Chris DeAngelis - May 25, 2011 - 9:46 pm

Great shot Heath! Really like the 10-stop work here… I may have to hit you up for some tips…

Rich Williams - May 26, 2011 - 8:05 am

Oh, man. That water couldn’t get any more silky. Well done.

Toad Hollow Photography - May 26, 2011 - 11:37 am

Wow, Heath, how absolutely dreamy!! Great image here today!

Dave Wilson - May 26, 2011 - 12:23 pm

Outstanding! While it’s sad to see all the dead trees, I think they really add to this since they highlight the great contrast between the sharp starkness of the trees and rock and the silky smooth water of the river.