I went up to Hurricane Ridge (Olympic National Park) near the end of September checking to see what the autumn colors were like. It was a little earlier than previous years, but the weather had changed and it has been a hot, dry summer. And the colors were beginning to show, but their effect was offset by the overall dryness of the meadows. Still nice though.
Washington State isn’t known for a lot of fall colors. The flora isn’t primo and the weather usually doesn’t cooperate. But vine maple provides a lot of color on a reliable basis. Just in a smaller dosage than (for instance) the forests of New England.
The weather conditions in Western Washington were perfect this year for bringing out intense fall colors.
- Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm lens
- ISO 125 1/125 sec f/4.5
Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend has miles of great walking/hiking. Besides the beach, the trail system runs up across the hill and gives you a nice view of the main Fort residence area. (used in An Officer and a Gentleman).
- Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens
- ISO 160 1/250th sec f/7.1
During one of my walks around Fort Worden in Port Townsend, I noticed a number of Junco’s flitting through the branches of a tree along the trail. This little guy was nice enough to sit still long enough that I was able to get a couple shots off… I think we had the same thoughts: is it spring yet?
Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300 ISO 800 1/800 sec f/6.3