The traveler: Darcy Sime of Alden, Minn.

The scene: After heavy rains hit the area in March, water powered down Multnomah Falls in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, a canyon that cuts through the Cascade Mountains.

The destination: Sime and her husband stopped at the waterfall during a trip to the West Coast in March. Several waterfalls spill through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (, but Multnomah “is the most visited and most photographed,” she wrote in an e-mail. “With a drop of approximately 620 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in Oregon and is a beautiful sight.” The falls receives about 2 million visitors a year. A steep paved trail leads to Benson Bridge, which is seen in this photo, and spans the upper and lower falls. From there, a trail climbs further along a series of switchbacks rising 600 feet to the top of Multnomah Falls. The hike from the lodge to the upper overlook is 1.2 miles. “[The gorge] is only an hour from Portland and worth the visit,” Sime wrote.

Equipment: The photograph was made with a Nikon D500, with about a half-second exposure to capture the flow of water.

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