I find it interesting how various trees in an area will have such varied timing of color display and leaf drop. Probably some genetic variation …
These clouds attracted my attention … I could tell they would add a lot of interest to a photo of this farmland, while not providing any significant chance of rainfall. A good combination. This is at about the 6.5 mile point of the Larry Scott Trail south of Port Townsend, WA.
There is a nice rocky knoll about 1.5 miles in from the trailhead of the North Fork Skokomish river trail (Olympic National Park). I have hiked the trail around a hundred times, I suppose, in all kinds of weather, in all times of the year. My favorite spot for lunch is this knoll … although the quality of the view is now being reduced due to the growth of trees in the previous slide area. This was part of the area of the Beaver Fire in the late 1980’s (you can still see some of the resulting snags) … and the slides the following winter/spring wiped out additional areas that didn’t burn. The slides did create some views that are now going away … it’s worth it, but the views will be missed.
This shot is taken from the upper trailhead to Mt Ellinor in the SE corner of the Olympic Mountains (but outside of the National Park). Notice the ‘crepuscular’ rays that coming down from the upper clouds. I hadn’t seen such very often.
This image is taken up the valley of the North Fork Skokomish not too far from where the upper image was taken. Although from several thousand feet lower and on a different day.
This is the waterfront at Port Townsend. The weather had been changing all day … one of those times when if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes. I was walking around the waterfront and thought these clouds were interesting.