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

Alpine Autumn Colors

Hurricane Ridge Meadow Fall Colors Allan J Jones Photography
Hurricane Ridge Meadow Fall Colors Allan J Jones Photography

The fall colors in the upper meadows of the Olympic National Park are pretty spectacular. They compete well with the summer wildflower show. An easy way to get to the high country for a day visit is to drive to Hurricane Ridge (at 5000′) and hike some of the trails that wander through the meadows.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 100mm
ISO 200    1/300 sec    f/9.0

Giant Sitka Spruce

Giant Sitka Spruce by Allan J Jones Photography
Giant Sitka Spruce

This is one of the largest Sitka spruce trees in the world … and is quite accessible. It is only a short walk from the road along Lake Quinault. So, it gets a lot of visitors. I was there as a child … (that’s me being held by my father). Since 1950, the shrubs have grown up around the base of the tree… this was taken on the back side of the photo above.

1940's Jones 2

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Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 640    1/250 sec    f/8.0

The Central Olympics

The Central Olympics from Hurricane Hill by Allan J Jones Photography
The Central Olympics from Hurricane Hill

This is a view from Hurricane Hill looking southwest into the central Olympics. The valley on the far left is the Elwha River … the one in the middle is Long Creek (with Long Ridge being between the two … a nice hike up to Dodger Point). The mountains on the right half of the skyline are called the Bailey Range … after the publisher of the Seattle Press newspaper in the 1890’s. Mt Olympus is mostly hidden behind the higher peaks.

The image below shows the ridgeline on the right side of the upper image: the central Bailey Range. You can see Mt. Olympus in the distance, just above the ridgeline on the left. This image is a cropped composite of 5 images.

The Bailey Range from Hurricane Hill by Allan J Jones Photography

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Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24mm f3.5 PC
ISO 200    1/320 sec    f/9.0

Bottom Image
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 300
ISO 200    1/500 sec    f/11