Camp Creek · Herman Creek Trail · Columbia River Gorge · Cascade Locks · Oregon · USA
The somber title belies the absolute pleasure of a calming walk through the clouds on a late-autumn day. With all thoughts of grand vistas quashed by socked-in conditions throughout the Columbia River Gorge, we took the gently-graded trail at a leisurely pace, driven less by prospects of some epic destination or goal than by the simple exercise of just putting one foot in front of the other and savoring the feel of the cool mist against our faces. The Camp Creek crossing has always been an attractive landmark located about 2.7 miles and a thousand feet up from the Herman Creek Trailhead, but rarely have I found the atmosphere as intriguing for photography as the fog-choked conditions were on this day. I set my tripod down as low as it would go and let the suffused light and flow of lines show me the way.