Category Archives: Olympic National Park

The Bridge Over July Creek

The Bridge Over July Creek

When I visited Olympic National Park this past January 2019, the government shutdown was still in force, and the park entrance to the Hoh Rainforest was closed and blockaded due to heavy debris on the road with no ranger service to clean it up. I was aching to see some park rainforest (and wanted to get photos for my National Parks Traveler articles), so I drove south of Kalaloch about 27 miles to enter the park portion of the Quinault Rainforest. Not too far along the road after entering is a parking lot for a picnic area and short loop trail over July Creek. Nobody else was there that damp, moody morning, so I had the place to myself. I spent quite awhile photographing the creek and the greenery around it, just from my vantage point on that bridge in the photo. After a bit, I moved off and turned my camera and tripod toward the bridge. I also used the “silky water” technique to make the creek water look satiny. For those of you who might want to try this technique for yourself, you should have either a polarizer filter or a neutral density filter on your lens. Set your camera on a tripod and experiment with slow shutter speeds while keeping everything else set for good exposure. The dark tint of the filter allows you to smooth out the water while preventing overexposure of everything else.

I will be bypassing the Quinault Rainforest for my next Olympic National Park trip (which I start tomorrow), so I’m glad I was able to visit this particular area of the park earlier in the year.

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Ferns, Moss, Tree Trunks and Inner Glow

Ferns Moss And Tree Trunks
I’m pretty much all packed for my Olympic National Park trip. The camera batteries are charged. All I need to do now is pack up the cameras and lenses. Since I’m taking my own car, this means I can have that “kitchen sink” mentality and take whatever I want, because it’s better to have it and not need it, as opposed to needing it and not having it.
 
The thing about this national park’s rainforests is that there are so many different shades of green and so many different leaves and plants. And,there’s that sort of “glow” within the forest interior. It can be difficult to capture on digital “film,” but when you do, it’s something to be very pleased over.
 
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Happy St. Pat’s Day!

A Scene Along Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail

A Green Scene Along Maple Glade Rainforest Nature Trail
Quinault Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I have here for your viewing pleasure, a very very green scene from my winter visit in Olympic National Park.

I’ve never been much of a fan of green. Well, that is to say, green is not my favorite color, actually, red is. But, the shades of greens within the rainforest and the play of light and shadow have given me a greater appreciation of this color, as well as of the rainforest, itself. The last time I visited this park was about 24 years ago, before I ever even knew what a digital camera was, much less owned one.

So, Happy St. Pat’s Day to you!

Corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage are in the crockpot for this evening’s meal. Maybe a little Irish whiskey afterwards, too. 😋😉

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Traveler Podcast Episode 4: I’m Interviewed In This Episode

Sitting Under The Tree Of Life

Sitting under the Tree of Life – at Kalaloch Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

The National Park Traveler’s Episode 4 weekly podcast is out, and I was interviewed for a short bit. I come after the Lionfish Invasion part. I learned quite a bit about lionfish that I didn’t know, including that they are good to eat.

As for my interview, full disclosure: for those of you who have visited Olympic National Park, I mentioned the Tree of Life at Beach 4 and it’s actually at Kalaloch Beach. My bad! I was *thinking* Kalaloch Beach as I was talking about the Tree of Life, but out of my mouth came “Beach 4.” I joked with the interviewer that this is why I like writing better than extemporaneous speaking – I can review and revise with the written word.

To listen to the podcast, click on the photo above to be taken to that episode.

Oh, and for those of you who have to suffer through the start of Daylight Savings Time, remember to move your camera’s internal clock forward one hour. For my Canons, I push the Menu button, then select the tab with the wrench icon on it and scroll down to Date/Time setting to turn on or off that little Daylight Savings icon.

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A Winter Shutdown Stay in Olympic National Park

Dew-Dropped Fungi

My article about my photographic stay in Olympic National Park this past January is a Feature Story in the National Parks Traveler. To read it, click on the image above.

 

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The Tree Root Cave

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For all of you #photographers and #geology fans. The first images are of me under the tree root cave (aka Tree of Life) that was undercut by a small stream and is now hanging in place (and has been for quite a few years, according to what I have read) by a few very strong tree roots. The first two photos show you the cobble beach facies overall and the other photos show you close-ups. Because of where I stood and because it was wet and I didn’t want to get my lens cap wet, I did not use anything for scale. Suffice to say that the cobbles range in size from maybe 5-6 inches to less than 1 inch.

These images are good examples of how you can turn photography into a lesson about something other than just photography.

If you are ever in Olympic National Park, on the western portion of the peninsula, you must go see and photograph this oddity of nature and geology. Turn into the drive to the Kalaloch campground and park in the day use/picnic parking lot. Take the short trail down to the beach, turn right and walk straight about 50 feet to see it.

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Dreaming In The Rainforest

Dreaming In The Rain Forest

This image was a total accident. I was walking along the Maple Glade Rainforest Nature Trail in the Quinault Rainforest of Olympic National Park. I’d set the tripod and camera up to capture this scene, when one of the tripod legs began sinking down into the wet ground right when the 2-second timer went off and the shutter clicked. I didn’t even know I’d gotten this photo until I downloaded it that night. I decided I liked it for its surreal view. And it’s a great example of the kind of look you can get when you are zooming your lens in or out (or when your tripod leg starts to sink in the mud).

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