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Little Qualicum Falls
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Outrageously Lovely Little Qualicum Falls! (Set 1 of 2) (+4 insets!)

Outrageously Lovely Little Qualicum Falls! (Set 1 of 2) (+4 insets!)
(+4 insets!) (Please view large for a proper look! :) (Scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for information about the insets)

Trip Talk: Big Fun at Little Qualicum Falls
After our fantastic adventure at Englishman River Provincial Park, we couldn't imagine finding another waterfall and hike that would equal that experience. Well, we were about to be delightfully corrected! Heading along the beautiful Alberni Highway, we drove 13.5 miles (21.9 km) northwest to the trailhead for Little Qualicum Falls.

Getting to the trailhead turned out to be a bit of a challenge, however. Arriving at the Google Map location, we didn't see any signs to direct us to a parking lot. We wondered if we were actually supposed to just pull off onto the shoulder, but that couldn't be right. Driving up and down the road a couple of times, we finally spotted a tiny road leading into a very small--but nicely paved--parking lot. "How did we miss that?!" we both exclaimed…a parking lot sign titled with Little Qualicum Falls was right there--it just wasn't obvious unless you knew where to look. There was exactly one spot left and Steve maneuvered our long truck expertly into place.

The trail that led from the parking lot was equally unobtrusive but we were soon wowed by the unfolding beauty before us. A glowing, vibrant forest welcomed us as we took in the beautiful environment complete with the twitters and calls of birds near and far.

Soon we heard the telltale sound of rushing water and saw water racing down a boulder-strewn chasm below. What a sight! Peeking over the side of the trail as we went, we found ourselves totally blown away by the views we saw. How can nature be so beautiful?! WOW!!

Working our way up the trail and across a well-constructed bridge, we eventually came to an observation lookout and found ourselves staring in awe at the gorgeous two-levels of Little Qualicum Falls…WHAT A SIGHT! The shape of the falls, the way the logs seemed to arrange themselves so perfectly around the base of the main drop…the color of water in the pools and stream…the rocks and formations…it was just jaw-dropping!!

The only thing which ruined the remarkable beauty of this place was the chain-link fencing along the edge of the deep chasm. They were annoying eyesores but unfortunately this place has a history of people falling to their deaths so the fencing is necessary. It took a bit of looking around but we were able to get plenty of nice angles through various holes in the fence and over the top.

When we had satisfied our exploration of the area, we found a nice place for our lunch and enjoyed the views and the sound of crashing water cascading over the falls, tumbling topsy-turvy down the streambed towards the sea. What a joy to behold such incredible beauty! How lucky we were to get the opportunity to see this lovely place! Neither of us will ever take for granted our good fortune that allows us to explore the world.

At one point on the meandering hike back to the truck, I noticed movement just off the trail. Investigating closer, I was delighted to find a garter snake on the hunt for lunch. While I was slowly crept nearer, stepping carefully over branches and around trees--clicking away with my Sony camera--a kid-filled family walking past noticed me and wondered what I was looking at. I told them it was a snake and if they approached quietly they might get a glimpse, one by one they copied my stealthy movement and because the garter snake was relaxed and unafraid, they were able to see it too! Everyone stood frozen, appreciating its beauty until it silently slipped away into the brush. Then we chatted about snakes for a few minutes before we all headed off on our hikes again! What a fun memory for this day!

Today's Pictures
My main picture shows the awesome double-levels of Little Qualicum Falls, complete with logs that got stuck on the way down! This was a sight we stared at for a long time…it was just so beautiful!

My first inset is a wide panorama showing the bridge up to the Falls and starring Steve in the middle! Other insets include some of the gorgeous views as we hiked the trail up to the Falls and finally, a pictures of the darling garter snake that allowed me to take its picture. I hope you enjoy the show! :)

Pam, have you ever seen a "double-decker" waterfall like this one? What a special sight! We are amazed at the beautiful shapes that waterfalls can create and this particular one almost seems man-made because it's so pretty. I like to do long-exposure shots of waterfalls but they require tripods and we didn't have one with us today. Have you ever fooled around with long-exposure? I looked in your stream but didn't find any, though you may have a trove of these which you never uploaded. :) It's a fun skill to work on if the conditions are right and you're in the mood! Anyway, I'm sending a virtual *hug* your way on this soon-to-be-rainy day!

Explored on 2/24/20; highest placement #1.

micritter, David Michael, Ulrich John, Angelofruhr and 57 other people have particularly liked this photo

40 comments - The latest ones
 Kama 56
Kama 56 club
Jolie cascade et coin de nature
4 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
La magie de la nature opérera a l'infini ..D'une extrême beauté vos rendus.
Bonne et douce semaine
4 months ago.
sunlight club
Ein sehr schöner Wasserall und eine interessante Beschreibung !
4 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
4 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures and scenery!
4 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Fantastic view and capture!
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A spectacular set of landscape images and the usual superb narrative Janet,
The second and third pips I find especially interesting.
4 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Ja,,het Zijn Mooie Watervallen,,,dank zij jou kan ik ze ook eens zien--Super Mooi
het lijkt me meer een waterval die afhankelijk van smeltende sneeuw of veel regen is dan zijn ze mooier..maar de woestheid is hier ook goed te zien!
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome rustic shots! Love the snake capture!

Admired in:
4 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
un lieu magique !!
4 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Hier zeigst du mal einen kompletten Wasserfall, Janet! Schön zu sehen, wie sich der Bach durch die Felsen schlängelt!
4 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
solid serie¡¡¡ like a lot PIP shots, masterpieces JAanet
4 months ago.
ColRam club
Une belle lumière !
4 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Superbe vues d'un lieu magique et d'une beauté remarquable ! Une mention pour le premier insert panoramique qui donne une perspective de toute beauté sur cette passerelle !
Bonne semaine, Janet !
4 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club



4 months ago.
neira-Dan club
quelle beauté sauvage !!
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful watrfall; very well captured.
4 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Wonderful capture of this waterfall. Great pips also Well done Janet Regards Tess
4 months ago.
©UdoSm club
A great landscape...
4 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
★彡 Good work, this is beautiful Janet.
Have a lovely new week 彡★
4 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Hi Janet. What a magical spot! I’d like to explore it in person!
Have a super week.
4 months ago.
Ecobird club
Janet that waterfall is so beautiful and I have never seen one with that wonderful stepped effect before, - almost like a separate pool before it cascades on downwards. A great set of PiPs. I particularly like the panorama. I love the light that even manages to highlight the details at the bottom of the falls. Your lovely notes bring it all to life and I can almost hear the rushing sound of the waterfall. Well captured.
4 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a fantastic place, I can fully understand why you and Steve fell in love with this place. I just love the sound of water, whereby it's either the little waves lapping against the sand, large waves against the rocks or in waterfalls like this - I even like the sound of rain. I must admit I haven't seen a waterfall like this, in different stages - so it's lovely seeing so much beauty through your photos - thank you sweetie.
4 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A captivating set of images from these amazing falls...............fantastic detail, gorgeous light and dizzying heights. Just awesome!

I love the shot of the garter snake - perfectly sharp and detailed and a nicely dark background. I like the vignette you added too.

Janet, I noted your remark about not carrying a tripod on hikes................have a look at the Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod. Ideal for carrying in a jacket pocket or rucsack. It won't take a camera with a long lens on, but it's very useful for most other stuff. Dead cheap on Ebay too! I carry one most of the time and it's got me a few shots I wouldn't otherwise have got and it's get for tabletop photography too.
4 months ago.
cammino club
I love waterfalls not only because they produce such a beautiful sound, but also because they often look so romantic in the landscape, like this one. It was certainly a great experience for you hikers to watch this lovely waterfall!
4 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, I can see why you love this place, Janet! This fall is magnificent!!
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Fabulous additions to the group Janet

Thank you for posting
4 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Superbe cascade !
4 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Returning to say Congratulations in Explore. Well deserved for this image.
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
4 months ago.
dgmphoto club
Very nice images indeed. At the moment some of us in the UK have far too much water, as rivers fill and flood.
4 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
Wow! That's breathtaking! I love waterfalls and gorges. One can feel the dynamic of the water. The insets are great too. Especially I like the snake.
4 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbe cascade bien prise !
Bonne journée. Amitiés
4 months ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club your very impressive capture, Janet...
4 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Superbe paysage !
4 months ago.
RHH club
Outrageously lovely is a good description of this area and the falls and of your photos. I agree without hesitation that the main photo is the best but the Garter Snake is such a beauty and the photo of the river running through that narrow gorge is exquisite, too. What a wonderful place to hike, have lunch and enjoy yourselves. Love the pano of the bridge with Steve on it and both ends of the river. Really neat effect. You've almost made me want to go off on another adventure - almost. It'll take a few days before I get the travel-exploration bug again.

Nice to sleep in a real bed again and have some real espresso and some real food. Jessica left soup and salad for us and it was delicious. The new trail meals (prepared by yours truly were very good, much better than the purchased variety) but they are still trail meals and freeze-dried is just not the same as fresh. Speaking of which, was the puck machine you mentioned similar to this: Edward was thinking of getting one for traveling (he and Jessica, the other Jess, are as addicted as we are).

Unpacking? We both unpack, Nancy because I can't leave it, though she would prefer to do so, and I because I'm OCD and want everything cleaned and put away immediately, although with this trip I'm still not finished - too much to do, but the car is empty. Still have to clean the kayak and put it away properly as well as the car top carrier, the sleeping bags, sleeping pads, shoes and probably a few other things I've forgotten. Nancy does have all the laundry done.

No we did not get any backpacking done. We talked about doing the South Rim in Big Bend as an overnighter, but ended up doing the whole hike in a day (13-15 miles). Also wanted to do Guadalupe Peak but the weather just did not cooperate. When we had opportunity the weather was lousy and when the weather cleared we had already made other plans. The latter is one of the reasons I want to go back, though. Would do it slightly later if I did it again but not in the summer.

As to the weather, it cooperated for the most part. Had great weather in San Antonio, good weather in Big Bend, though the last day it was cold and raw. Had temps as high as 85 and as low as the teens at night. A lot of high clouds there but plenty of sunshine. Did not gget any star photography done, though, because of the clouds. The one really miserable day we spent in Carlsbad Caverns and Grand Canyon was clear and sunny but cold, too cold to get out in the middle of the night for some star photography.

Sounds like the resident Genius is making good progress with his RV projects. I, too, love doing things for others, one of the reasons I like cooking. If I was on my own I probably wouldn't even eat and would starve to death instead, but I love cooking for family and friends. Hope you guys are able to get out on another excursion soon.

Glad you like The Pushcart War. Now you need to read Mistress Masham's repose, a book for kids that most adults would enjoy probably more than kids. You should also read The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberly, as well as his other "mouse" books, all gentle spoofs of various aspects of our modern society. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White is another kids-adult book you should read.

Better get at breakfast.
4 months ago.
trester88 club
Was für eine wilde Schlucht! Der Blick von der Brücke muss grandios und beängstigend zugleich sein!
4 months ago.
niraK68 club
Wow was für ein toller Wasserfall
4 months ago.
Angelofruhr club
A nice landscape!
3 months ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
Oh wow! What a fantastic place. The light is stunningly good and I can hear the falls!!! Wonderful :)
3 months ago.

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