Jun 292013

  Washington’s Olympic National Park is one of the premier destinations for nature and landscape photography in the Pacific Northwest. The park’s 922,651 acres include three different ecosystems – glaciated mountain peaks, old-growth temperate rainforest and the rugged Pacific coast. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Olympic National Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill establishing the park on June 29, 1938. The natural beauty and environmental importance of the area is further recognized with [read more …]

Jul 242009
High Divide Trail, Olympic National Park

I just returned from a week-long trip to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, during which I visited the Quinault Rainforest area, hiked the Lake Ozette-Cape Alava Triangle on the coast, checked out the lavender fields in Sequim, photographed wildflowers and deer at Hurricane Ridge, and spent three days backpacking the High Divide Loop trail in Olympic National Park – which was definitely the highlight of the trip. Totally awesome scenery, great weather and my timing was just right for the wildflowers in [read more …]

Jul 152009
Quinault Rainforest, Olympic National Park

I’m back on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington this week, making a circuit of the coast, rainforest and mountain areas. Started in the incredibly lush temperate rainforests of the Lake Quinault area and the Hoh River, then hiked the Ozette Triangle to Cape Alava on the northern coast. Hurricane Ridge and views of the Olympic mountain range are next. Olympic National Park is magnificent, with so much to see and do I’m already planning a return trip.

Jul 102009
Shi Shi Beach and Point of Arches

Olympic National Park in Washington state is a wondrous place, with environments ranging from snow-covered volcanic peaks to lush temperate rainforest to wild and remote Pacific coast. A couple of weeks ago I visited the Olympic Peninsula, accompanied by Laurent Martres, publisher of the PhotoTripUSA guidebook series. Laurent and I did an overnight backpack hike to Shi Shi Beach and Point of Arches. It’s possible to do this trail as a dayhike, but we really wanted to catch sunset and [read more …]