The image today was taken on the trail that circles Trillium Lake. It’s a relaxing hike just over 2 miles with many great viewpoints (unlike my hike today – see below). Lately, I have been taking a lot of shots directly into the sun. To get the right exposure you usually have to over expose your image by a stop or two. But that is the great thing about digital photography, you can experiment until you get the look you want, which is what I did for this shot.
COSTA RICA DAY 9: HIKING TO THE SAVEGRE FALLS
The night was colder than we had anticipated, so we both were up a few times, grabbing blankets and turning on a small space heater. When I awoke around 5 am and looked out the window, a beautiful orange glow from the morning sun blanketed the grounds outside our little cabin. I grabbed my gear while my father slept to go out shooting, but within minutes that nice glow was gone. That is the thing about light, it quickly changes. I stayed out another two hours shooting birds and the river until we met up for breakfast.
The morning was spent hiking in an incredibly hilly area (of course) known for having many Quetzals within easy viewing. If they were there, we didn’t see them, but it still was a nice hike. After lunch we split up and I decided to venture down the two kilometer path to the Savegre River waterfall. Now two kilometers does’nt sound like much, does it? But the trail was incredibly hilly (of course), muddy from recent rain, and in some places quite treacherous.
A few days ago I blogged about the guys who headed up Mt. Hood and summited before perishing in a storm on the way back. And I suggested, as did numerous reports at the time, that ego may have gotten in the way when they should have turned back. I have to say that as I hiked deeper and deeper into the jungle I could not get this story out of my head. At one point I knew I was risking daylight by continuing on, and knew it would be an absolute nightmare not to mention dangerous hiking out in the dark, even though I had packed a headlight. There was also no one else on the trail, which told me if locals were not there, I shouldn’t be either!
I couldn’t stop! And I am not sure it was ego. I think I didn’t want to turn around because I had already invested so much effort in getting to the falls. I had to complete my journey. It’s like watching a bad movie. You know how it’s going to end, but you watch it to the end anyway. All that to say that I did make it and managed to get out just before dark, but not without a lot of pain and few pictures.
It’s easy to analyze a situation after the fact and blame ego, but in truth the drive to complete something we set out to do I think is an entirely different animal. Call it innate human nature, but no question it is a force to be reckoned with.