Cascade Falls (Mission) and Cliff Falls (Maple Ridge) / by Craig Roberts

Out this past Sunday morning to a couple of locations: Cascade Falls Regional Park in Northeast Mission, as well as Cliff Falls, off Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. Cascade Falls drops nearly 80 feet into a large pool, which then empties into Stave Lake via Cascade Creek and a few additional smaller falls.  The climb up the stairs alongside the fall had me huffing, apparently whomever designed the pitch on those stairs didn't account for us short people - although I could have easily just followed the roadway for a more leisurely climb.  The falls itself is breathtaking, but the vantage points really don't allow much in the way of creative photography without traversing the fence line.

Water in Motion, Cascade Falls Mission, BC
Water in Motion, Cascade Falls Mission, BC

Cliff Falls is found within the Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge, and again offered some fantastic opportunities to open the shutter and play with moving water. Its amazing to see some of the holes watercut in the stone, and think just how many years of water passing over them would that have taken to accomplish?

Lessons learned from this outing? Moving water is very ethereal, and shooting it with focus and clarity is going to take much more practice!