Friday, July 5, 2013
It was 2011 when photographer Peter Lik’s television show From the Edge premiered in the U.S. on The Weather Channel. Not to be confused with Art Wolfe’s similarly titled Travels to the Edge, the show provided weekly glimpses into the different landscapes of the American West along with one episode from Puerto Rico.
The show’s title sequence was comprised of short clips taken from the series’ 13 episodes. There was one clip in particular that I found especially beautiful, a brief view of a massive waterfall. Every week I tuned in hoping to discover the location of that waterfall. I assumed it had to be in Puerto Rico—I had been to all the other locations Peter was shooting—but the Puerto Rico episode came and went without featuring the falls. As it turned out, every episode came and went without featuring the falls. It was the one clip that never appeared in any episode.
Still determined to discover the identity and location of the falls, I took the next logical step. I turned to Google. Google found Peter’s image of the falls; he was showcasing a massive print of it in one of his galleries. But, as if to taunt me, there was no name and no location. Emails to Peter and his galleries went unanswered.
Though I continued my search for the next few months, it seemed that this was information I just wasn’t meant to know. Then something remarkable happened. Over a year after that last episode of From the Edge aired, a friend of mine wandered into my office and casually mentioned that she had just taken her parents to see a waterfall. “I’ve heard of it,” I told her “but, no, I haven’t seen it.” I later googled it and, to my complete surprise, up popped an image of the very falls I had been searching for, Proxy Falls, 50 miles from my home! (I know, right? What other epic sights am I driving by on a semi-regular basis without even knowing it?)
There are actually two falls at Proxy. The lower falls is the one I had been searching for but the upper falls is also worthy of some photographic attention.
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