Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Here is James and Little James Islands shot from First Beach. I used this fallen log to add interest to the image as it frames the islands.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Sometimes the simple things make a good image. Here is a weathered log that has been cut showing off its rings.

Friday, August 27, 2010

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Then it started to drizzle and the tide started to come in, so it was time to take the long walk back to our car.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


From my narrow overlook I can see five mile south to the cluster of sea stacks known as the Quillayute Needles. North of the Needles are James and Little James islands and closest to me are the Massive sea stacks that I walked by on the beach to get here. They don't look so big from this viewpoint.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


When you reach the top of the trail you can take a spur trail that runs towards the sea. You now reach an overlook with long views up and down the beach. You also have a dramatic view of the Hole-in-the-Wall and the tidepools around it which are almost directly below you, as seen here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


If you reach Hole-in-the-Wall at Moderate or High Tide then you will not be able to walk through it. Instead you will have to take the overland route. By climbing over the headland on a narrow path that switches back and forth up to the crest of the ridge you will be rewarded by a dramatic gull's-eye view. You have to be very careful as one slip could ruin your day. This picture shows what the trail looks like (looking up on the left side & looking down on the right side).

Friday, August 20, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Here is another shot of Hole-in-the-Wall. This time it is framing James and Little James Islands in the distance.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


It's best to take this walk at the lowest possible tide because the ledgy floor of the Hole-in-the-Wall is under water during medium and high tides. The wonderful pointed, if slightly lopsided Gothic shape of the north side of Hole-in-the-Wall frames the sea stacks shown in yesterday's image.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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As I approached this giant sea stack, I found that it's actually two stacks divided by a deep chasm that reaches almost all the way down to the beach.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Rialto Beach walk is a moderate 4.5 mile round trip that to me was the most absorbing beach walk on the Olympic Peninsula. You walk through a splendid natural sculpture garden comprised of gigantic sea stacks and through the 30-foot-deep natural arch known as Hole-in-the-Wall. You can then climb a headland with a bird's-eye view of the beach. This image is taken as we approached the sea stacks.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Last year I hiked to Madison Falls but I forgot (it happens) to pack my tripod that day and I wasn't happy with the hand held images. This year I made sure I had my tripod which is needed to shoot waterfalls with long exposures (to soften the water). Here is this year's image of this lovely waterfall. It trickles and splatters down a 30 foot basalt cliff decorated with moss and maidenhair ferns.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


After the big storm a Coast Guard Cutter had to go out and rescue another Coast Guard Cutter that broke down. Here is a picture of it being towed back to port.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


It was a wet trip with a lot of rain and one major storm. The storm had hurricane winds (80 mph) and big surf at La Push (where I stayed). Here is what the surf looked like the morning after the storm.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Here is a view of yesterday's cute bridge from the other side.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


Here is part of a trail near Kalaloch. It was an easy 1.5 mile stroll through a remarkably lush, moist coastal woodland. On this wooden bridge, the trail crossed a tiny creek chocked with a thick growth of sword ferns and moist logs covered with sorrel and mosses.

Friday, August 6, 2010

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I hiked a lot of nice trails and this was one of them. Quiet, tranquil, and lush. What more do you want?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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I'm not sure if this is a parasitic plant growing on this stem (of another plant) or not, but I thought it looked cool. Hope you do too.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


What is moss? A moss is a flowerless, spore-producing plant. Mosses are small, soft plants that are typically 1–10 cm tall, though some species are much larger. They commonly grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. There are approximately 12,000 species of moss classified in the Bryophyta, way too many to list. Here is a cute moss colony growing on top of this post.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


It has been a swirly morning so far so I thought this Chipmunk picture would be appropriate.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Olympic Peninsula 2010


The Washington Coast gets a lot of driftwood due to the wild winter storms. Here is a view looking north and south.