Photography is all about light. The right light creates depth and emotion – giving the image a real feeling and a beautiful vitality. After days of trekking the Columbia River Gorge region, I was stoked when this stunning scene revealed itself to me. This place was magical and I knew I had to get it framed perfectly for the shot to work. After intimately checking all angles, I chose a vertical composition – which really added strength. The semi-overcast light shone through the leaves, backlighting the whole scene. Each leaf seemed to glow like a lantern in the night. Beautiful, red and orange hues provided a perfect contrast against the cool blues of the waterfall in the background. Witnessing this moment of total perfection in nature is something I will never forget.