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
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:
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.
These are peaks visible from the ferry between Haines and Juneau Alaska. I was lucky to catch a brief opening in the clouds letting a little sun on the lower rock while the foreground forest was in shade.
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 190mm
ISO 800 1/640 sec f/13
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