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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.

Single-Image Sunday: Hurricane Ridge   6 comments

This is an image from the top of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in Washington state.  I have made a few trips up here, but never have I been in conditions even approaching those that gave the place its name.  It is very exposed, and I suppose if I visited during a stormy winter period, I would better appreciate the name.  But on this August morning, I made the pre-dawn hike up to Elk Mountain on the east end of the ridge.

The wind was blasting me from the west as a front moved in from the nearby Pacific Ocean.  Although it was a mild and short-lived summer weather system, up there it felt like I was back on the tundra in Alaska.  I had some trouble keeping the tripod from vibrating in the gale.  It was a bracing and very pristine feeling up there.  I really wanted to capture the feeling of being alone on top of an exposed ridge, facing a stiff wind, air as clean as it gets.  As the sun rose the wind dropped slightly and I captured this view west towards Mount Olympus.

Hurricane Ridge in dawn storm light.

Hurricane Ridge in dawn storm light.

Single-Image Sunday: Sunrise over Puget Sound   14 comments

This is an image I captured recently at sunrise from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington.  The last two Friday Foto Talk posts focused on using reflection and this picture is a further example.  I think it shows that reflection of light and color can really add interest to an image whether you use water or something else.  In this case, a low layer of clouds and fog covers the cool waters of Puget Sound and my high viewpoint was the key.  The rising sun reflected from the cloud-tops in a very pleasing and somewhat unusual manner.  Hurricane Ridge is a great place to wake up.  You can see the northern Washington Cascades & Puget Sound (as in this image), the Olympic Mountains, the Pacific Coast, and up over Canada’s Vancouver Island.  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

 

Light from the rising sun fills valleys of the North Cascades and reflects off low clouds covering the waters of Puget Sound in Washington.

Light from the rising sun fills valleys of the North Cascades and reflects off low clouds covering the waters of Puget Sound in Washington.

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