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Single-Image Sunday: Fog over the Trees   11 comments

Subalpine firs filter fog atop Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington

Subalpine firs filter fog atop Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington

I missed Friday Foto Talk, out camping.  The conclusion to my series on tripods will post this coming Friday.  In the meantime, here’s an image from a great time I had last week in Olympic National Park.  It was taken hand-held, no tripod.

An unusual display of fog and weather greeted me when I arrived on top of Hurricane Ridge on Washington’s northern Olympic Peninsula.  It had rained the previous couple days, though not hard, and a transition to drier weather was taking place.  The fog and low clouds that had formed over the coast of the Strait of Juan de Fuca started rising and dissipating as the air cooled toward sunset.

The stately subalpine firs that dominate the forest near tree-line on Hurricane Ridge not only were filtering the fog as it rose up the steep slopes, they seemed to be adding their own moisture (via transpiration) to the mix too.  The result was really beautiful as viewed through the low rays of the sun to the west.

As I hiked to the top of Hurricane Hill, the quick-moving fog several times enveloped me, causing me to stop and look around in wonder at the dreamy atmosphere.  I’ll post some more shots in a future post.  I was distracted so many times I barely made it to the top for sunset.  It was a memorable evening.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Misty   20 comments

After checking out Ailsa’s weekly photo challenge and finding it was Misty this week, I couldn’t resist!  Most of these are from the archive but are fairly recent images.  A couple are very recent, taken with my point and shoot.  Please note these are copyright-protected and not available for free download without my permission.  Click on the image to go to the main gallery page, and please contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks for looking and enjoy!

In spring, the forests of the western Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest receive regular infusions of misty rain and fog.

In spring, the forests of the western Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest receive regular infusions of misty rain and fog.

A fisherman tries his luck at Lost Lake in the dawn mist.

A fisherman tries his luck at Lost Lake in the dawn mist.

Mount Rainier emerges one foggy early morning at Reflection Lakes.

Mount Rainier emerges one foggy early morning at Reflection Lakes.

Narada Falls at nightfall, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington.

Narada Falls at nightfall, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington.

Mist over Lost Lake, Oregon.

Mist over Lost Lake, Oregon.

Fog and mist are typical when venturing into the evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest in winter.

Fog and mist are typical when venturing into the evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest in winter.

On the Olympic Coast in Washington, mist and fog are common.

On the Olympic Coast in Washington, mist and fog are common.

Dark and mysterious:  Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

Dark and mysterious: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

Mist and fog hang about the temples and pyramids of Tikal in Guatemala.

Mist and fog hang about the temples and pyramids of Tikal in Guatemala.

When waterfalls are in spring flood, mist fills the air, like here at Wahclella Falls in Oregon.

When waterfalls are in spring flood, mist fills the air, like here at Wahclella Falls in Oregon.

The rugged coastlline at Big Sur, California.

The rugged coastlline at Big Sur, California.

The thermal areas of Yellowstone on cold mornings are comparatively warm, misty magnets for buffalo.

The thermal areas of Yellowstone on cold mornings are comparatively warm, misty magnets for buffalo.

As the dawn mist begins lifting, a pond in the Montana high country begs to be fished.

As the dawn mist begins lifting, a pond in the Montana high country begs to be fished.

 

Sun vs. fog in a redwood forest, northern California.

Sun vs. fog in a redwood forest, northern California.

At sunset, mist and fog fill Oregon's Columbia River Gorge behind Vista House.

At sunset, mist and fog fill Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge behind Vista House.

 

 

 

 

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