Stormy Day at the Beach

Weather at Point WIlson by Allan J Jones Photography
Weather at Point WIlson

This is the beach at Fort Worden… with the Point Wilson lighthouse. The area is relatively sheltered from most of the worst weather that comes in to Western Washington, but it still gets the occasional windy day here and there.

There are always folks camping down at the beach there. Including on this day when there was one brave camper trying to get a tent up in the wind.

I invite you to visit my website (https://allanjjonesphotography.com) to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in the Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 85mm
ISO 125    1/400 sec   f/8

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

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

View from Point Madison

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Point Madison is in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. I had raced down to the point to try and get a photo of a rainbow behind the lighthouse. It had pretty much faded away by the time I got there (see below). But when I started back up the hill, I was struck by the clouds and the sun shining off the wet streets.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/800 sec at f/14
Point Madison Lighthouse by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Madison Lighthouse with Rainbow

Madison Falls Picnic Area (Winter)

Madison Falls picnic area with mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Madison Falls picnic area with mist

The trailhead parking for accessing the Elwha River road is the (small) Madison Falls parking lot. Fortunately, in the winter, the traffic is not heavy. I was returning from my hike up to the bridge (about 6 miles round trip) carrying cameras and tripod … and the mists were moving through the valley. There are a couple of guys with their dog over on the picnic table to the left. They were admiring the view below:

Elwha River Road at Dusk with Mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha River Road at Dusk with Mist

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikon 24-85mm (settings: Top-52mm; Bottom-85mm)

ISO 400    Top: 1/60 at f/4.2  Bottom: 1/125 at f/5.6

Washout Bypass Trail

Elwha Washout Bypass Trail by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha Washout Bypass Trail

The Elwha River is one of the type examples of a river being returned to a wild state by the removal of dams. The river has shown it’s wild state by washing out the road in a couple places. To provide trail access there is a new trail that runs higher up along the hill. We went to take a look at the Elwha when it was in flood stage on January 4th. Quite impressive. The photo below shows one of the washouts (this is only one branch of the free flowing river).

I was going to carry other cameras, but with an expected 6+ mile hike, I opted for light weight.

Elwha River Washout by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha River Washout

Camera: Nikon CoolPix W300

Early Snow

Early Snow: North Fork Skokomish by Allan J Jones Photography
Early Snow: North Fork Skokomish

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

Krause Bottom, Elwha River Valley

Krause Bottom, Elwha Valley, Olympic National Park by Allan J Jones Photograhpy
Krause Bottom, Elwha Valley, Olympic National Park

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.

Camera: Olympus E-10
Lens: Olympus 22mm
ISO 80    1/100 sec    f/2.8

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