Rhododendron Forest

Rhododendron Forest

Hiking the Upper Dungeness trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness in the Olympic Mountains, you pass through an area dense with Rhododendrons. Not sure what makes this particular spot so favorable for them, but it is quite spectacular. And a good example of why the Rhody is the official Washington State flower.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 800 1/50 sec f/11

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

I have mentioned several times that this is the first year watching the garden bloom in our new house. I was totally surprised when this hydrangea bloomed with these red flowers. All of mine in the past were blue or whitish.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 45mm
  • ISO 100 1/350 sec f/2.8

More Wildflowers

Yarrow
Indian Paintbrush
A clump of Mountain Bluebells

Another group of wildflowers from the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park. One of the advantages of the area is the road running up to over 5000′ … and the only high country access via motor vehicle in the park. That translates into a pretty crowded area.

  • Camera – Lens:
    • Paintbrush and Yarrow: Fujifilm GFX-50R and Fujinon 120mm
    • Mountain Bluebells: Nikon D850 and Nikkor 80-400mm

Alaska Rein-Orchid

Alaska Rein-orchid

A visit to the high country of the Olympic National Park in the summer takes you to wildflower heaven. There are lots of very showy wildflowers, but there are also some that may not be showy, but are favorites, non the less. The non showy orchid here is one of my favorites in that category.

had a problem with the post schedule. Sorry this is a little late….

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF120mm
  • ISO 400 1/400 sec f/10

Candystick

Candystick

This is another non-chlorophyll plant, commonly called Candystick for obvious reasons. Latin name is Allotropa virgata.

This was found along the Mt Walker trail in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene, Washington.

  • Camera: D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 2000 1/25 sec f/7.1

Pinesap

Pinesap

Pinesap (Monotropa Hypopitys) is a plant without chlorophyll, living off the roots of nearby plants for food.

This was on the Mt Walker Trail, in the Olympic National Forest, just south of Quilcene. It was overcast and in fairly dense woods. I had to push the ISO up to 2000 in order to get a reasonable f/ stop to get the depth of field needed to keep the plant in focus.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 2000 1/60 sec f/7.1

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