Central Olympics

Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge

One can drive up to over 5000 feet to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park and the views are spectacular. I converted these to black and white partly because the mist/water vapor was heavy enough that there was a blue cast to the images that was difficult to remove. The Dehaze tool in Lightroom works pretty well until the hazy gets thick. Then in order to remove the overall blue cast, you have to make tonal adjustments that can turn the other colors in the image away from their normal tones. So I frequently just convert to black and white.

Besides, I like B&W.

Bailey Range Detail from Hurricane Ridge

Little Beggars

Canada Jay (AKA Gray Jay)

Both Jays and Chipmunks can be terrible beggars. These were at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. The jays were particularly pushy and the chipmunk was nervous and content with natural food. There was a wedding and reception taking place in a relatively secluded picnic area and the jays were quite interested in the food table. They hadn’t been invited, but that didn’t seem to bother them much.

Yellow Pine Chipmunk

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors 1

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.

Autumn Colors 2
Autumn Colors 3

Deer at Hurricane Ridge

Young Buck

I was recently up at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park and several deer wandered by. A young buck following a young doe. They were unconcerned with the constant stream of hikers going by. While they do have some natural predators (cougar), people aren’t in that category. (but their cars are)

Young Doe

Decorated Trees

Trees in Fog

A most happy holiday season to all.

These trees are my current favorite image. A nice reminder that nature knows how to decorate better than humans.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 330mm
  • ISO 200 1/400 sec f/8

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