Mt Walker Trail

Mt Walker Trail

I was out for a conditioning hike and the Mt Walker trail is close to home. It is also pretty steep and while it runs to the top of Mt Walker, there is also a road to the top. I drove to the top and hiked down until my knees started complaining about all the steep downhill… then turned around and went back up. On the way up I took photos as a way to take breaks (another good reason to be a photographer!)

One of the frustrations with photos of steep trails is to have them really show how steep the trail is. This photo makes it look like the trail is climbing at a pretty gentle grade. That’s pretty good, since a normal grade trail typically looks flat in a photo.

Mt Walker is in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene in Washington state.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 800 1/80 sec f/4.5

Flycatcher

Flycatcher

I’m not sure which flycatcher this is … but I like the little guy anyway. I’m not as concerned with formal identification as many birders. I just enjoy watching them and the challenge of trying to get a photo.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 1000 1/100 sec f/6.3

Point Hudson

Point Hudson in Port Townsend WA

The view of Point Hudson from Fort Worden State Park (both in Port Townsend). The Point Hudson Marina is just to the right of the image and the downtown area of Port Townsend is just beyond that.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 360mm
  • ISO 400 1/1000 f/13

Clematis

Clematis

We are really enjoying our new house and yard (new to us in October). Since this is the first spring we have lived here, we are seeing what comes up and being very pleasantly surprised.

This clematis is just spectacular.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
  • ISO 1000 1/100 sec f/10

Fortuitous Accident

Fortuitous Accident

I really like it when you screw up and it turns out to be fortuitous.

I was in a little hurry and got the photo paper in the printer upside down. When it came out of the printer, I knew immediately what I had done, but my response was very positive towards the resulting image. The problem with this as a regular process to create images is that the ink doesn’t dry for weeks and weeks. I finally had it dry enough so it wouldn’t smudge too much … but still had to put it inside a plastic sleeve in order to keep the ink from covering the scanner glass.

The original image was posted on a page here.

Camera: well, that’s a good question… um, a flat bed scanner

Weathering and Peeling Paint

Weathering and Peeling Paint

This is one of the bunkers at Fort Worden State Park. The steel doors are rusting and the paint is peeling (there’s uncertainty as to how long since they have been painted).

A great opportunity for abstract, still life photography.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 400 1/400 sec f/10

Fort Worden Beach at Point Wilson

Beach at Fort Worden

As regular readers of my blog may have realized, I am a big fan of Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. It has a large group of citizen volunteers (Friends of Fort Worden) that put in thousands of hours per year to keep the park centered on offering opportunities for continual learning.

This photo was taken from the dock running out to the Marine Science Center. It is also a composite of three images to make the panorama.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 100 1/800 sec f/7.1

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