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

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

Clematis

Clematis

We are really enjoying our new house and yard (new to us in October). Since this is the first spring we have lived here, we are seeing what comes up and being very pleasantly surprised.

This clematis is just spectacular.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
  • ISO 1000 1/100 sec f/10

High Contrast Peony

Not only is this a high contrast image, but it’s in high contrast with the Peony photo posted two images prior. (see here) It’s also from the same plant. Pretty amazing what a difference it can make to change an image from color to high contrast B&W.

I really was struck by how sensual this image was. ’nuff said.

This is another image taken with my iPhone. There is a filter called “Ink” that is accessible (in newer phones) within the Messages app. I didn’t find it anywhere available in the Camera app. Not sure why, but I sent this image to myself and then it shows up in your photo catalog in Photos.

Yellow Peony

Yellow Peony

Moving into a new house in the fall, we were interested in seeing what would come up in the spring. We had several peony plants around the yard, too. But we were surprised when one of them was a yellow one. I’d never seen one before… quite nice.

  • Lens: Nikkor 105mm Macro
  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • ISO 400 1/250 sec f/8

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