A Brushy Trail

A Brushy Trail

There is a huge backlog of trail maintenance in most of our National Parks from years and years of underfunding. Another national shame.

The trail here is still easy to follow and just down valley from us was a volunteer team from the Washington Trails Association cutting back the brush from the trail. (While observing all social distancing requirements)

Hiking out in the Mist

Hiking out in the Mist

On the final day of a 5-day trip up the Dosewallips River, Olympic National Park, we had a low pressure area move through, bringing in clouds and mist. It created a nice variation to the sunny weather of the prior 4 days, and never rained enough to bother with a raincoat. It also created a lot of visually interest.

Mist and Trees

Mist Coming up the Dosewallips

Mist Coming up the Dosewallips

Starting the final day’s hike of a 32 mile, 5 day backpack trip into the Olympic National Park up the North Fork of the Dosewallips River. It had been sunny the previous 4 days, but just after we started our hike out the mist and clouds blew up the valley. Fortunately, I had my camera slung across the body and not in my pack. A cross-body sling (I use a BlackRapid), keeps the camera at your side above your hip and not bouncing off your chest at each step.

Cloudscape

Cloudscape

Mare’s Tail over Bogachiel Peak and the High Divide (Olympic National Park)

A wide angle lens often creates distortion that is distracting or makes the image feel un-natural. In this case, while there is some “leaning” of the trees on the sides of the image … the distortion actually results in a realistic representation of the steepness of the hillside.

Alaska Sunset

Alaska Sunset

This was taken a while back when I was returning from seeing my aunt up in Haines, Alaska: from the ferry getting close to Juneau.

That’s a great ferry ride: too bad I have a negative reaction about long boat rides right now or we might plan another trip.

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