The name of this photograph comes from the nature of this waterfall. Phantom Falls (in North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, California, near Chico) is so named because sometimes you see it, and sometimes you don't. It only appears after prolongued periods of rain, towards the end of the wet season. And it can dry up rather quickly too, with the intense sun as well as very absorbent volcanic ground. This photo was taken in mid to late spring, with probably only a few weeks of water flow left. But the grass was green and lush, and still interspersed with some blooming poppies. The place truly came to life at sunset, when the shadows cast by the dramatic cliffs began to play games with the landscape.
This is one of the coolest places I've been recently, for sure. There were many waterfalls falling over many cliffs, all seasonal. Behind this waterfall, there is a cave, and an abandoned gold mine shaft which you are free to explore. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to go explore it. Oh well... another day, another adventure! I did get to see some great scenes in some great light, though. More to come.