Ponytail Falls

Ponytail Falls photographed from behind. It's a Gorge favorite, and has been photographed quite a bit. Ponytail Falls is pretty accessible to anyone who wants to see it, and it's been documented thoroughly by visitors who have come before me, so I'm not going to write a full post on the visit. I still wanted to share the photos I brought home with me.

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Ponytail Falls

Like many falls at Silver Falls State Park, Ponytail has a cavern carved out behind it. I'd like to figure out what mechanism makes this happen. Is there a difference between the rock types between the precipice and where the falls impact? Is it a function of normal erosion, or is there something special that hollows out the cavern?

The video I shot was the best part of the trip. It's rainy in Oregon this weekend, and I noticed at Silver Falls that there's a "curtain" of water droplets that fall all along the precipice on each side of a waterfall. This was true at Ponytail Falls as well. I shot a video that contrasts the impact of these little drops to the thundering turmoil of the bigger Falls. Slow motion video is always a fun effect to play with, but shooting the falls alone is pretty straightforward, and I think I found a pretty good contrast here.


There seems to be just as much energy in the little drops, and I end up watching them more often than the waterfall in the background. I wanted to get closer to the pool, but I also wanted to keep the waterfall in the frame. My phone is also the most important tool I have, and it doesn't mix well with water.