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Upper Foley Creek

Upper Foley Creek
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-06
Categories: River
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5, Cokin P120 Graduated Gray G1
Exposure: f/16, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 20:47
Viewed: 3411
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"You know you gotta go through hell before you get to heaven"

Steve Miller

I inserted this quote because this trip to Ling Lake was very much the case in several ways; primarily due to the careless destruction caused by poor logging practices in decades past.

I close to begin this series from the bottom elevations up to the headwaters of Foley creek which can be found above Ling Lake. Foley Creek itself from headwaters to it's merging with the Chilliwack river only encompases some 12 miles, but in that distance it drops some 3500 feet and goes through 3 lakes; the top one being Ling Lake. There's a story behind the name "Ling Lake", but I will save that for a future posting.
The hell part due to man's foolish logging practices of the past is where I will return to at this point in my story...

The lower Chilliwack River Valley has seen extensive clearcutting from the turn of the 20th century and even in the present. In the early days and even as late as the 80's, entire valleys were logged with little thought as to what sort of ecological damage would follow. The 7km access road that runs from Foley Lake (the bottom of the three lakes) to the actual trailhead to Ling Lake is now pretty much ruined due to massive mudslides and flash creek floods since the ground cannot absorb the water as it could when giant Firs and Cedars were abundant.

We had to negotiate several of these ugly messes as we walked a largely ruined logging road to the real trailhead.

I'm not opposed to logging, but rather I've always been opposed to logging that doesn't respect the natural surroundings or take into account how such practices can so easily damage an entire ecosystem that relies on a healthy population of trees to help keep everything in balance.

However even so when walking through such ugliness, isolated pockets of beauty could be found. This is one example of a section of Foley Creek that we found in our evening walk to our first night's camp. It was tricky getting the exposure right as you can see a distant mountain with a sky that was obviously much brighter than the foreground stream was. Enter the Cokin P120 4 stop grad filter to help save the day!

The whole area around this creek scene had been logged, so this is where the beauty of isolating the beauty in the composition and leaving out the less desireables comes into play.

I do not consider this photo to be among my better examples of my work, but I'm usually more concerned with using what I can to help tell a story rather than just post a series of "best of" images.

Sometimes I'm tempted to post a bit of "the hell" but suffice it to say that words alone in this case I feel are adequate. I'd rather get on with the heaven!

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Hi Tim,
This is a beautiful composition with a glimpse of the mountains in the distance and the motion in the water. A truly lovely scene. I am upset by the logger's and what they do to the environment here in Australia too; especially in Tasmania.

Hi Tim.
Amazing image, what a beautiful piece of landscape. The use of a slow shutter effect for the water and grey grad is wonderful. Composition, colour and detail all spot on.

New Zealand

beautiful image,lovely scene,well composed colourful shot,well done

another one of those ooooh and ahhhh photos of yours. Beautiful effect with the slow speed. Wonderful layout.

i d like to be there!you made a super picture here!
thanks tim

Magnifique cette rivière avec en arrière plan cette montagne.

Steve Miller was right...and I can feel the hot coals burning already....Wonderful depiction and when are you going to share the "secret" of moving water pics..I know it must be something simple, but in all these years I never figured it out..or read it...


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