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
I was waiting for the sun to break through a clearing to blacklight the snow and ice on this fir. My fingers started getting really cold. I was just about to give up when the sun came through for just about 5 seconds.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300
ISO 200 1/320 sec f/11
Walking around Fort Worden in Port Townsend in the snow was a treat. Snow is pretty much a rarity in Port Townsend … This is one of the abandoned bunkers that was used to guard the entrance to Admiralty Inlet (Puget Sound).
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
This was just at sunset and the colors were really warm… a lot warmer than the air temp. This place sure has a spectacular view … I took this while I was standing waiting for the sun to set so I could try to get a photo of the crescent moon (photo of that here).
The location is at the end of Marrowstone Island just southeast of Port Townsend, WA. The water is Puget Sound.
There is a steep road climbing up from Hart’s Pass (around 6100′) and climbing up the ridge towards Slate Peak. The last half mile of the road is closed off, so you walk up the road to the abandoned fire watch tower and the flat topped summit (the military blew the top of the mountain off in the 1950’s to build an early warning radar site).
From the summit, at around 7400′, you get a spectacular 360 degree view of the North Cascades and the Paysaten Wilderness. It was also very windy and we were dressed for the much warmer conditions at lower elevations.
The photo shows the last section of road with the small parking lot at the gate. To the right running through the meadow area is a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (running from Mexico to the Canadian border). In the middle distance you can see the burned area of that includes the Meadows Campground area. The snow peak towards the left is Silver Star. (Back in the early 70’s I climbed it as part of a climbing course.)
(Note of caution: the road to Hart’s Pass is very narrow (single lane in places) and very rough with washed out areas and a lot of rocks. Not a good choice for a low slung passenger car … and it’s closed for RV’s and trailers. There is also one section with a significant drop on one side… not a road for people with vertigo issues.)
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 78mm
ISO 100 1/500sec f/11
Eldred Rock Lighthouse sits in the middle of Lynn Canal between Juneau and Haines. It’s a fantastic location… when it’s clear. Juneau weather is rainforest like… and you can get socked in for weeks. I was really lucky to be able to hit a day in November when it was clear and I was on the ferry from Juneau to Haines.
It was cold, though. In order to get the shot, I had to go out onto the deck of the ferry. The wind was blowing some, adding to the windchill from the motion of the boat. I would go out and shoot as long as my fingers could stand it, then go back inside and warm up as much as I could, hoping that my sensor stayed free of condensation. Between the wind and the ferry motion I had to bump up the ISO so I could keep the shutter speed fast enough to cut any camera motion.
Camera: Sony NEX-5N
Lens: Sony 55-210mm set at 94mm
ISO 1600 1/1000 sec F/16