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.
Royal Creek drains Royal Basin … one of the more popular backpacking destinations in the Olympic National Park (reservations required). I was on the bridge over the creek just where the Royal Basin trail starts … about 1 mile up the Upper Dungeness trail. See below for a photo of the bridge. I was bracing the camera on the bridge rail … and shooting various long exposures to get some blur in the water. The problem was the bridge wasn’t nearly as stable as my tripod. Good thing I wasn’t shooting film!
The canadian dogwood is also known as bunchberry. The berries are bright reddish-orange and not edible. The forest floor is brightened up by their presence, since not a whole lot of showy flowers grow in the deep shade.
It is a challenge getting a good photo of the forest canopy from ground level. I keep trying. The biggest challenge is having the photo give a good impression of the size of the trees. And with taller trees comes even more difficulties of perspective. I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.
Took a hike up the Dungeness River in the North Olympics. This was the view from our lunch spot. What really amazed me about this image was the huge boulder on the left bank that is covered with ferns. I wish I had carried a telephoto lens …
This view is looking north to the Quimper Peninsula … Port Townsend is on the far end just along the water.
After shooting in the forest under cloudy skies, I turned the ISO down and took this photo. I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have … I was pretty tired from the climb back to the top (I drove to the top and hiked down and back up). I should have paid more attention … I could have dropped the ISO to 64 and still would have been able to handhold.
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.
I was out for a conditioning hike and the Mt Walker trail is close to home. It is also pretty steep and while it runs to the top of Mt Walker, there is also a road to the top. I drove to the top and hiked down until my knees started complaining about all the steep downhill… then turned around and went back up. On the way up I took photos as a way to take breaks (another good reason to be a photographer!)
One of the frustrations with photos of steep trails is to have them really show how steep the trail is. This photo makes it look like the trail is climbing at a pretty gentle grade. That’s pretty good, since a normal grade trail typically looks flat in a photo.
Mt Walker is in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene in Washington state.