Takakkaw Falls (say that 5 times fast!) is located in Yoho National Park in B.C., Canada. It is the second highest waterfall in western Canada at 1,260 ft. The name translates into "it is magnificent."
This waterfall was a 12-mile round-trip hike into grizzly bear country. The regulations require that you hike in groups of four or more, so we tagged along with a group of people we met in the parking lot. The group ended up being the Sierra Hiking Club, who were some hard core hikers! It was challenging keeping up with them, to say the least! I generally like to stop for scenery shots, but they barely paused for anything. I only had about 20 minutes at the waterfall (to eat and shoot pictures). I wish I'd had more time because there were lots of interesting aspects to this waterfall, but I had to stay with the group.
If effort meant that your picture was greater, then this picture should be rated great! We were exhausted afterwards (especially since we'd gotten up at 3:30 am and only had 4 1/2 hours sleep)!
The description of this waterfall always seems to include the word "juggernaut"...and since the real name is boring (Falls Creek Falls) perhaps a name change is in order?
A moderate uphill hike of 1.7 miles through the forest leads you to this waterfall. Photos do not convey just how large this waterfall is...and you can't see all of it in this photo. There are three drops for a total of 207 feet.
After seeing pics from and I figured it was time for me to make a visit to the grand Panther Creek Falls.
The description in their photos told tales of having to scale down a rock cliff to get to the base of the falls and then making your way onto a wet, mossy log while being battered by mist to get the best shot.
Sooooo, I came equipped with all my Pacific Northwest gear....waterproof shoes, water resistant pants, waterproof jacket, rainsleeve for my camera, lens cloths for drying off the constant mist....and of course my camera, wide angle lens, polarizer, and sturdy Gitzo tripod.
The scramble down wasn't as hard as expected....but I wouldn't recommend it for people who aren't used to the wet environment of the Pacific Northwest. A rope was left by a previous hiker, but I found the rocks were fine for grasping. Once you get down to the first landing, I suggest you go to the left (if you're facing downward) to avoid the muddy descent to the right.
You can't trust wet moss on a log...or even a wet log. My very first digital camera took a dip in a creek due to a walk on a wet log. But I made sure to stay in the middle and take small, careful steps.
I chose to present you with a closer look at the falls, rather than the wider view that Addam and LeeAnne posted. I'll probably post a wider view later.
This waterfall is huge and quite the sight to see in person. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.
If you are up for the challenge, there is a lower tier to the falls after another scramble down the steep embankment.
This is the wider version that I promised you from when I posted this:
The one thing that a photographer hopes for when photographing waterfalls is a lack of sunshine. The sun creates such bright light on the water and it's difficult to get a good exposure. I heard the pitter-patter of rain all night as we slept inside our little SUV, so I was hopeful about ideal shooting conditions.
The next morning, when it started to get light outside, I peeked out the window and saw blue skies and panicked! "We gotta get down there to shoot NOW!"
We had parked at a campsite just down the road from the trail, so it only took a few minutes to be at the trail-head.
The waterfall is just a short walk from the road, so we were down to the view-point rather quickly. Of course, you can't get THIS shot from the viewpoint, so a scramble down a small cliff and then a shimmy out onto a wet/mossy log was required. Much to my delight, the blue skies disappeared and the clouds came back. It mostly only drizzled, so I didn't get too wet except for when I stood in the spray of the waterfall (which always takes my breath away!).