Photographer's Note

In my opinion, small stream photography is among the most difficult types of photography. Composition is key - with each element contributing strongly to the frame as a whole. Exposure is even more difficult as white water tends to overexpose the CCD just as the dark shadows get thrown to the blacks. There is often no endearing human face, no amusing animal, no relative factor that guarantees a good image. All that stands in favor of the photographer is trial and error.

The first question people ask when presented this photograph is "what is that?" Indeed - the perspective makes that tangle of white material look like an alien carcass. It's the roots of a tree that fell from the hanging valley above into the plunge pool of the waterfall during the torrential monsoon. Both the tree and the rocks to the lower right are a reminder of the various things that accumulate in the plunge pools of the Himalayas. I don't remember seeing fish in that frigid water, though.

Perhaps it's time to relate another crazy experience. After three days of nonstop rain, I took a bath in the then much larger plunge pool, and under the much more frightening torrent of water falling from over 150 feet above. Just the bone chilling water and the circular rainbow around me were enough to take my breath away rather too literally.

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