The Kennewick in Stormy Weather

The Ferry Kennewick coming in to Port Townsend

I enjoy walking in stormy weather and this October day was perfect for that. The rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains protects Port Townsend (some) but it is often very windy. Walking along the beach downtown, I noticed the ferry Kennewick coming into town. I was a little surprised, since in high winds they often cancel that ferry run.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm Fujinon
  • ISO 50 1/120 sec f/7.1

Stormy Day at the Beach

Weather at Point WIlson by Allan J Jones Photography
Weather at Point WIlson

This is the beach at Fort Worden… with the Point Wilson lighthouse. The area is relatively sheltered from most of the worst weather that comes in to Western Washington, but it still gets the occasional windy day here and there.

There are always folks camping down at the beach there. Including on this day when there was one brave camper trying to get a tent up in the wind.

I invite you to visit my website ( to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in the Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 85mm
ISO 125    1/400 sec   f/8

View from Point Madison


Point Madison is in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. I had raced down to the point to try and get a photo of a rainbow behind the lighthouse. It had pretty much faded away by the time I got there (see below). But when I started back up the hill, I was struck by the clouds and the sun shining off the wet streets.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/800 sec at f/14

Point Madison Lighthouse by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Madison Lighthouse with Rainbow

Double Rainbow over PA Harbor

Double Rainbow over Port Angeles Harbor by Allan J Jones Photography
Double Rainbow over Port Angeles Harbor

I went to Port Angeles for some personal business … got there a little early and saw there was a full rainbow. I drove to the harbor, hoping it would stay … and it did. I was able to get this shot that shows the slight double above the primary. You can still see some of the raindrops on the lens. I was facing directly into the wind … and it was blowing pretty good. I removed a number of them, but this version shows some I missed. A surprise.

It was also a surprise to see the settings from the shot and realizing that I wasn’t paying attention or I would have dropped the ISO to get the f stop down to around f/8.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 1000    1/640 sec    f/22

Rainbow Over Whidbey Island

Rainbow and sunset over Whidbey by Allan J Jones Photography
Rainbow and sunset over Whidbey

Rainbow over Whidbey by Allan J Jones Photography
Rainbow over Whidbey

These photos were taken from Marrowstone Island, looking east across Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet) toward Whidbey Island. The glow of the sunset was lighting up the clouds on the north end of the rainbow, while the south end of the rainbow was more complete. The top arc of the ‘bow was not visible.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm   set at 116mm (top) and 42mm (bottom)
ISO 640    1/200 sec at f/5.6 (top)    1/50 sec at f/18 (bottom)

Upper Queets River Road

Road to the Upper Queets

We had a trip to hike the Queets River trail (Olympic National Park) planned for several weeks. The summer had been dry and the river was low. That’s important since the first thing is to ford the river. Most of the year, the trail is inaccessible.

But of course, it is the rain forest … and so the day we arrived the river had just peaked at three times the “safe-to-ford” level. But the drive in was worth it… with mists in the forest, and elk crossing the road, and hardly anyone else around.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm at 24mm
ISO 640    1/160 sec    f/6.3

Virga in Sunset


Virga is where rain evaporates or sublimates before it hits the ground. This shot was taken from my deck in Olympia, Washington on September 4, 2016. The sunset really highlighted the virga and created a very dramatic scene. This was a composite pano of 5 images taken in portrait mode.

Photo taken 4Sep2016

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 85mm
ISO 200    1/250 sec    f/8


Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: