This is Cataract Falls on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. Cataract Creek runs heavily following winter rains, but it is most notable for a kind of Japanese beauty than for pure volume of water. No Niagara, or even Vernal, it is an equisite, mossy series of dells.
I’ve made several recent pilgrimages to this spot with my friend Mark. The first time in a world of wetness, this benign waterfall was indeed a tumbling waterfall. The second time, I was rained out. Third time pays for all, and the weather on the day I took this photo was perfect, with the creek still running fairly strong.