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Stehekin ~ cliff edge looking to High Bridge

This location where the Stehekin Valley Road goes over High Bridge is also where a Pacific Crest Trail access pathway intersects (the High Bridge Campground is also nearby).

As I stepped down onto this rock to get a view from this short cliff edge to the Stehekin River below (which looks over toward High Bridge), I wasn't really sure I wanted to set up my tripod and camera out here.

The sky was overcast this weekend (not at all fabulous), but more than that, there was less than three-foot circular diameter of space. And the way I do 360 panoramas is to walk around my tripod capturing views in all directions with a fish-eye lens (to later be digitally stitched), which leaves very little space for me to stay out of each photo while circling the tripod legs on a wet (it was raining) mossy rock.

Hoping this rock was stable and would not peel away from the cliff it was part of, I decided I wanted this vantage point.  A young tree was putting roots down around this particular rock and perhaps expanding spaces each year, yet I was more concerned about moving its branches (unavoidable) too much for a decent enough photo.

On a side note, last spring I had unexpectedly gone into the Chelan River with my tripod, camera and another fish-eye lens (it didn't recover, but all else eventually dried out) when the rather large dry rock I was perched on decided to roll to one side (and it wasn't mossy).  

By the way, since I'm sharing more of my thought processes here, be sure to toggle full-screen.  And if you haven't experienced panoramas with even an economical Google "Cardboard" viewer (or a fancy stereo headset) with your smartphone, please ask a friend to see one with their viewer; experience it for yourself. I believe it will take you to another level of engagement with worldwide locations. Then you may find yourself traveling more too!  ;)

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Copyright: Timothy Oldfield ~ Washington State 360
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10000x5000
Taken: 15/10/2016
Uploaded: 18/10/2016
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: river; gorge; cliff; rock; log; bridge; trees; wilderness; moss; trail
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