Mooney Falls is about 1 mile past Havasu Falls, just past the campground and 3 miles from the Supai Village. This superb waterfall is one of the most spectacular I have ever seen (with Havasu Falls of course). It is a towering waterfall of about 200 ft. in height. Once engaged in such beauty I really felt like I was part of one of those Action Adventure movies and that I have just found the fountain of youth. :) One of the more fun and scary part of visiting the Mooney falls is getting to the bottom. First I encountered a warning sign that said "Continue at your own risk" then, I literally had to squeeze myself into 2 narrow tunnels that were located into the cliff itself. (The true origin of these tunnels is still unknown) After the second small tunnell, I started asking myself if I should go down or not? Needless to say that us photographers think we are superheroes and nothing bad will ever happen to us so I decided to go back to the top to grab my gear and head back down. That's when it got tricky. First it is really steep, second the mist of the waterfall is all over the cliff so it makes it slippery. To make it down, they have anchored many chains and metal spikes into the rocks to help your decent. I even encountered a chain that was loose so I wisely chose another one. At the end I had to go down a small wooden ladder. Finally, I was touching the ground but more happy to be there than safe. Going back up was much easier. People who are really afraid of heights , I think should restrain themselves from going there. But don't let me scare you, It looks worst than it is, I have seen an 8 years old girl at the bottom, even saw someone trying to make it with their dog..that scared me. My girlfriend told me that the dog was shaking half way thru so they had to climb back up....Wise choice
This waterfall was named after some guy named Mooney who died here trying to descend this cliff to the bottom of the waterfall.
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maphoto (8082) 2004-11-15 23:35
Gorgeous photo Pat, great colors and sharpness, everything perfect in this photo, the light, the falls blured effect, very nice vertical presentation, well done & seen.
nmess (2301) 2004-11-15 23:39
Very nice Pat. I think your choice of exposure looks great providing a nice blur to the falls and enhancing the statuation. Comositon is great, but I think that while I like the green at the bottom, I might have been tempted to crop just a little more, to focus more attention to the falls. But then that's only a thought.. thanks.
jayita (191) 2004-11-16 0:40
great composition! Texture of the rock with green plants and blurred falls make it something different.
piozac (2065) 2004-11-16 1:51
Great colours, exposure and composition. I love that kind of shots.
edji (1368) 2004-11-16 2:29
Encore une photo surprenante. L'exposition à créé un rendu fantastique.
whereami (1477) 2004-11-16 3:29
Really wonderful use of the long exposure and small aperture. The colour and detail are superb. The light looks really good too.
Rhiannon (1728) 2004-11-16 4:08
Wow... stunningly beautiful. The colours are splendid and you have got excellent contrasts between the colours. I like your composition and POV. The stone and grass in the foreground are beautiful. Excellent exposure.
I never get tired of motion blurred waterfalls :)
Excellent job here, wonderful atmosphere captured.
sandpiper (6007) 2004-11-16 6:20
Another brilliant piece of work. As I've said before, your style is excellent and these long exposures provide a richness to the scene.
dkeus31 (27733) 2004-11-16 6:25
Colors and exposure are great, as usual, Pat.
Toonboy (2539) 2004-11-16 15:24
Stunning image the colour and clarity are amazing
danyy (0) 2005-06-16 16:17
Je termone mes commentaires sur tes photos, par celle-ci, une des plus jolies à mon gout. Contrairement à beaucoup d'autres, il y a un peu de mouvement, celui de cette chute d'eau.
Celle-ci est entourée de bien jolies couleurs.
Format vertical bien choisi.
Mapeix-Br (253) 2005-08-13 15:11
I liked the red tones of the mountains and the "fog" aspect caused by the low speed used. Congratulations.
rajhema (1901) 2005-10-26 13:00
color ful rocks Pat and the slow shutter brought the flow of water nicely
cherubin (1971) 2005-12-07 13:39
this is a gorgeous photo! everything is just perfect!
fallan (1860) 2006-06-09 10:03
A great photo. Depth of field is perfect. By the way, I have always enjoyed your web site. One of the best.
yusufdagli (114) 2006-08-01 13:26
look amazing.I am really like this photo
ahhow (114) 2007-02-23 0:02
Amazing waterfalls, great colors and composition.
mad_mike (446) 2008-10-26 11:01
Super photo, j'adore le filé sur l'eau c'est magnifique les couleurs sont Amazing
- Copyright: Pat Di Fruscia (Timecatcher) (2513)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Minolta Maxxum 7, Minolta 24-105mm D, Fuji Velvia 50
- Exposure: f/22, 4 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cascades ... Water falls, Lombra's Favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-11-15 23:23
- Favorites: 4 [view]