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Upper Queets River Road

Road to the Upper Queets

We had a trip to hike the Queets River trail (Olympic National Park) planned for several weeks. The summer had been dry and the river was low. That’s important since the first thing is to ford the river. Most of the year, the trail is inaccessible.

But of course, it is the rain forest … and so the day we arrived the river had just peaked at three times the “safe-to-ford” level. But the drive in was worth it… with mists in the forest, and elk crossing the road, and hardly anyone else around.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm at 24mm
ISO 640    1/160 sec    f/6.3

Sunrise over Whidbey Island

Sunrise over Whidbey Island (6:02 AM) by Allan J Jones
Sunrise over Whidbey Island (6:02 AM)
Sunrise over Whidbey Island by Allan J Jones
Sunrise over Whidbey Island (6:24 AM)

While I enjoy summers in the Pacific Northwest, I’ll have to admit that I don’t see as many sunrises during May, June and July. This was September 2nd and I was up at 6 AM. But worth the early rise to enjoy this colorful display. This is taken from Marrowstone Island, the water is Admiralty Inlet, and if it wasn’t cloudy, you would see some of the Cascade Mountains in the distance.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm 

Top Photo
set at 100mm
ISO 100    1/640 sec    f/13

Bottom Photo
Lens set at 28mm
ISO 200    1/60 sec    f4.0

Western Pondhawks

Male Western Pondhawk by Allan J Jones Photography
Male Western Pondhawk
Female Western Pondhawk by Allan J Jones Photography
Female Western Pondhawk

I have been paying more attention to all the dragonflies and damselflies down at Capitol Lake (where I often walk). There are so many different varieties of these little critters … if you aren’t paying attention, they just all blur into a single amorphous category of “bugs”. In order to identify the photos, I’ve had to purchase some nature guides … bug books.

I like trying to track down the species… and I think I have these locked in … but if anyone disagrees with my identification, please let me know. I’m interested in accuracy, and my college studies were in geology, chemistry and math. not much help there in id-ing bugs.

Male
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/500 sec    f/11

Female
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 105mm Macro
ISO 200    1/320 sec    f/9