Dean M. Chriss
Whitehorse Falls and Tree, Umpqua National Forest, Oregon
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Whitehorse Falls is a small 15 foot (4.6 m) waterfall on the
I first visited Whitehorse Falls in the spring of 1995
when it was surrounded by bunchberry blossoms, moss, and other greenery. It was
one of the prettiest little waterfalls I had ever seen. I returned in the spring
of 2006 when this photograph was captured. By then trampling of the
surrounding moss and vegetation made my 1995 vantage point ugly, eroded, and scarred.
I chose the vantage point for this photograph to hide most of the damage
that people swarming around the falls had caused. I visited
again in spring of 2013 and found that the damage was
far worse. I photographed the falls from the only reasonable vantage point. Whitehorse Falls had
become just another once beautiful place destroyed by the onslaught of humanity.