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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.

Elwha Valley Rain Clouds

Elwha Valley Rain Clouds

Being a ridge or two away from the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, the Elwha Valley still gets its fair share of rain. Not anywhere near what the westside valleys get, but still enough that there’s plenty of water. Going for a day hike, it’s always prudent to carry some raingear, regardless of the forecast.

This photo is taken at the point the road is closed due to the washout. The building in the distance is where stock is kept during the summer months. In the old days, this was the location of the Elwha store and gas station.

  • Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens
  • Scanned with an Epson V600

Martin’s Park

Martin’s Park, Olympic National Park

Martin’s Park is a little visited area near the Low Divide in the Olympic National Park. It’s about 17 miles in if you take the short route. If you hike up the Elwha River Trail, it’s over 25. Hence, the little visited status. There are a couple of small lakes and large areas of meadow.

I was camped at Low Divide with my hiking buddy (see the trail in the lower left) and we took a day to hike up and visit the area. This was in July, so there was still a fair amount of snow left.

Camera: Canon S400 1/200 sec f/7.1

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