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.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 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
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
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
Thursday, August 19, 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
Tuesday, August 17, 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
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
Wednesday, August 11, 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
Monday, August 9, 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
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 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.