This was taken on the Haines Highway, outside of Haines, Alaska. In the springtime, the sunsets last for hours. This provides the landscape photographer with time to drive around looking for the ‘best’ spot for getting a sunset photo. It stretches “The Golden Hour” into 3 or 4. If you can deal with the mosquitoes, it’s a wonderful place for photography.
The clouds frequently hang low over the Olympic Mountains. That is true year around, but in the late autumn, it is almost perpetual. I enjoy watching the clouds move up valley and around the ridges. They add an element of mystery to the landscape. And as long as you are prepared and have good equipment, it’s a good time to enjoy the solitude of a mountain valley.
The beach shot was taken at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. The river riffle was taken on the North Fork Skokomish in Olympic National Park from the vehicle bridge at Staircase Campground (bridge open to Park personnel vehicles only).
Water does keep moving, heading to the sea, returning to the land.
These were both taken on the North Fork Skokomish on the southeast corner of the Olympic National Park. Different days, different sections of the river. One of my favorite hikes, regardless of time of year (although they tend to close the gate when it is really snowy).
Sol Duc Falls is located a mile or so from the Sol Duc Ranger Station in northwest section of the Olympic National Park. There is a bridge across the river at that point … connecting to the High Divide trail, one of the most popular backpacking routes (reservations required). Note the person in the top right corner of the image.
And below is the river downstream from the bridge.