Another view from the top of Blue Mountain, this one looking west towards Hurricane Ridge and Mt Angeles (you can see the roadcut running from the right middle of the image across to the left skyline … Hurricane RIdge is just at that point. This is Olympic National Park. Mount Angeles (Port Angeles is at the bottom of the road) is between the two tallest groups of trees. Tree, Mountain, Tree is a pretty typical (and probably trite) photo motif that my friend and I joke about. But it still works.
This is a shot looking southwest across the Olympic National Park from the Slab Camp Trail running out of Deer Park Campground. It was just a little hazy, but not as bad as several days later when wild fire smoke blew in from the east. I liked the ridges and intervening valleys.
This is the summit of Blue Mountain looking south towards the northeast central Olympics. I didn’t notice the interesting lens flare (this was with my phone camera) until later, or I would have sent my friend over to stand just where the flare was coming down. Oh well, next time (or not).
I was out walking in a neighborhood that is deeply multicultural. So, I have no idea why this dragon (?) was hung … part of some festival or celebration, I suppose. But when I looked up, it had taken a bite out of the moon and was going back for more.
The Dungeness River runs north out of the Olympic Mountains into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There are no dams and the water is clear (no glaciers in this section of the Olympics). The Upper Dungeness trail runs along the river for the first couple miles before climbing to higher elevation. It is a very pleasant hike, the river cools the air even on warm days.