This waterfall was one that I knew well, having tried to photograph it many times before, though the right feel kept eluding me. It’s located a couple hours from my home in Maui, Hawaii, and though I visit the area relatively often, I never saw it with a heavy enough water flow to get a true bridal veils type of effect. However, before this image was shot it had been raining heavily here for about a week, and I kept thinking that if I could get out just after the rain broke, I might be able to get it just right.
I kept checking the weather forecast until finally I saw a possible window. I left first thing in the morning just before dawn and ventured to the area. Then I hiked in through a bamboo forest to the location, crossing streams and scaling rock walls until I reached my prize. I knew from the water in the stream that it could be really good, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be washed out altogether as the stream was running really fast and heavy and was a treacherous crossing.
But as soon as I spied it in the distance I knew it was going to be good. I found a spot to set up and launched a series of clicks until I got the shot you see here. Exactly what I was hoping to capture! Finally, I bagged this sublimely perfect waterfall!