Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Winter

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center by Allan J Jones Photography
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

The Olympic National Park includes a road that runs up to Hurricane Ridge at an elevation of over 5000 feet. During the winter it is the only ski area on the Olympic Peninsula… it’s small but it attracts a lot of folks, even though there is only a rope tow and no actual lift. On days when there’s a view, it is spectacular. This view looks across the Elwha Valley to the central Bailey Range.

I had been shooting with my zoom lens out to 400mm … and had the ISO and shutter speed set for that lens. When I changed the lens back to the wide angle zoom, I forgot to readjust the settings until after I had shot this.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 28-85 mm set at 52mm
ISO 400    1/1000 sec    f/16

Spring is Here

Spring Blooms by Allan J Jones Photography
Spring Blooms

Blooms and Baseball. Two of my favorites.

This is a cherry (?) at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. I had to return to shoot this … bringing a tripod and my 105mm macro lens. I used Nikon’s “Photo Stacking” option set at 14 images and combined them in HeliconFocus to get the depth of field.

I was surprised that it worked as well as it did. There was a slight breeze and the branch was moving a little during the sequence … but HeliconFocus adjusted to that.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 105mm
ISO 100    1/160 sec    f/14

Birds in the Front Yard

Northern Flicker by Allan J Jones Photography
Northern Flicker

I was out puttering in the front yard and heard pecking at a tree in the green belt, so I went and grabbed my camera. I finally located the Northern Flicker that was banging away on a dead tree. I’m hoping for it to nest there and give me the chance to catch some photos of young. We’ll see.

While I was shooting the flicker, I glanced up and saw this eagle flying overhead. So I took a photo of it too.

Eagle fly by by Allan J Jones Photography
Eagle fly by
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF
Flicker:  ISO 800    1/800 sec    f/6.3
Eagle:    ISO 800    1/3200    f/6.3

Abandoned Military Work

Battlement at Fort Worden by Allan J Jones Photography
Battlement at Fort Worden

These trees show the effects of being exposed to a lot of high winds on Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. The sun was going down and warmed up the colors just wonderfully. The image made me think of something you might see in SE Asia.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 190mm
ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/6.3

Icy Fir Branch

Icy Branch by Allan J Jones Photography
Icy Fir Branch

I was waiting for the sun to break through a clearing to blacklight the snow and ice on this fir. My fingers started getting really cold. I was just about to give up when the sun came through for just about 5 seconds.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300
ISO 200    1/320 sec    f/11

Junco

Junco by Allan J Jones Photography
Junco

During one of my walks around Fort Worden in Port Townsend, I noticed a number of Junco’s flitting through the branches of a tree along the trail. This little guy was nice enough to sit still long enough that I was able to get a couple shots off… I think we had the same thoughts: is it spring yet?

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300
ISO 800    1/800 sec    f/6.3

The Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge

Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge by Allan J Jones Photography
Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge

I was up at Hurricane Ridge (Olympic National Park) with my snowshoes and camera on President’s Day Monday. It never cleared off completely, but I was able to get a view across the valley of the Elwha to the central part of the Bailey Range.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 90mm
ISO 200    1/640 sec    f/11

Beach House and Madrone

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This was just at sunset and the colors were really warm… a lot warmer than the air temp. This place sure has a spectacular view … I took this while I was standing waiting for the sun to set so I could try to get a photo of the crescent moon (photo of that here).

The location is at the end of Marrowstone Island just southeast of Port Townsend, WA. The water is Puget Sound.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF
ISO 100    1/15 sec    f/11

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