Aquae Vitae

Aquae Vitae - Glorious Panther Creek Falls.   Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Glorious Panther Creek Falls. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Aquae Vitae, The Water of Life. Life was everywhere I looked at Panther Creek Falls. It was an incredible sight to see.

I can’t even begin to describe how incredible these falls are to see in person. Now, that I have seen them for myself, I KNOW that no photo can possibly do this place justice. Most especially this one. After making the slippery and treacherous climb to the base of the falls. I realized that I had accidently grabbed my 10 stop ND filter instead of the 2 stop. Which meant, I really had some struggles to get a proper shutter speed for this photograph. There was no way in hell, that I was going to do the straight up climb and do the slip-n-slide deathy return downhill to retrieve the correct filter. Therefore, my shutter speed is a bit shorter than I would like.

Photography struggles aside, I would have left this spot a very, very happy and contented man, just for the viewing of the falls from the base. The photograph was totally secondary. All the green was a welcome sight after slogging through the brown/gray/blah months of late winter here in the Treasure Valley.