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

Madrone

Madrone on Salt Spring Island

Was out for a walk at the beach on Salt Spring Island and found this madrone growing on a rock headland. The light on the bark was wonderful and just asked to be captured and shared.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 160 1/60 sec f/11

Sunrise over Twin Sisters

Sunrise over Twin Sisters

Visiting a friend just outside of the small town of Acme in NW Washington. A wonderful view from the kitchen table. (Note that this is a normal lens and basically uncropped.) Mt Baker is the bump just behind the ridge on the left side of the image. I tried various HDR images, but the clouds were moving so fast that they didn’t really turn out well.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 160 1/950 sec f/11

Royal Creek

Royal Creek

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!

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 48mm
  • ISO 400 1/6 sec f/22
Bridge over Royal Creek

Forest Canopy

Forest Canopy

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.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 45mm
  • ISO 800 1/400 sec f/5.6

Silver Snag

Silver Snag

The mountain forests have scattered among them an assortment of silver snags … trees have that died and remained standing. The wood bleaches out and the wood takes on a beautiful silver color that is difficult to show on a web post. This one is in the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 500 1/800 sec f/8

Mt Walker Trail

Mt Walker Trail

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.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 800 1/80 sec f/4.5

Rhododendron and Madrone

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This is my view out my office window right now. (this wasn’t taken through the window)

The madrone in the background is dead, but the color of the trunk is still a nice reddish color that goes well with the stems of the rhododendron.

It’s a nice time of year in the woods here in the Pacific Northwest. The wild rhododendron are in bloom. (Washington’s state flower)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
ISO 100    1/25 sec    f/13

 

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