This is shot taken from the bridge just above Lake Cushman looking up the North Fork Skokomish valley, the southeast corner of the Olympic National Park. There is a great trail running 14 miles up the valley to First Divide. The trail across the Olympics surveyed by the Lt. O’Neil Expedition in 1890 went up this valley and out the East Fork Quinault.
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 55mm
ISO 100 1/100 sec f/5.0
During a hike of the High Divide (one of the highlights of the Olympic National Park), we camped along the ridge. The view across the Hoh River valley to Mt Olympus was dramatic.
On return, I used the photo for the basis of an art pen image which I then took a photo of to print as a greeting card.
During the process of printing a test card, I put a sheet of photo paper wrong side up in the printer. As a result, the ink ran all over the place. However, the image that resulted had an interesting impressionistic feel to it. Once the ink (eventually) dried, I scanned it.
This was the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, 2001. We had hiked up the Elwha Valley and visited Krause Bottom in the Olympic National Park. This was before they removed the dam to return the upper river to salmon habitat. While it didn’t rain on us, there were low clouds/fog/mist that gave the valley a mysterious look. We had camped at the upper end of the valley a couple times and hiked through several more … it is always a special.
The fall colors in the upper meadows of the Olympic National Park are pretty spectacular. They compete well with the summer wildflower show. An easy way to get to the high country for a day visit is to drive to Hurricane Ridge (at 5000′) and hike some of the trails that wander through the meadows.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 100mm
ISO 200 1/300 sec f/9.0
This is one of the largest Sitka spruce trees in the world … and is quite accessible. It is only a short walk from the road along Lake Quinault. So, it gets a lot of visitors. I was there as a child … (that’s me being held by my father). Since 1950, the shrubs have grown up around the base of the tree… this was taken on the back side of the photo above.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 640 1/250 sec f/8.0