Mildred Falls

Long exposure of Mildred Falls at Ritchie Canyon near Ramona, California. March 2011.

Long exposure of Mildred Falls at Ritchie Canyon near Ramona, California. March 2011.

Mildred Falls is the highest waterfall in San Diego County (by far). It is highly ephemeral though, and not flowing very often. There are a number of (artificial) ponds on private property above the falls that need to fill to overflow first, as well as a good number of natural rock pools in the creek bed. After the very wet winter of 2010/2011, the falls were flowing well into June.

I made this photo in the late afternoon. I waited until the entire fall was in the shade to get this 15s exposure (stacking a Polarizer and an ND8 filter, and stopping down the lens beyond reason.)

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