Camp Handy

Camp Handy Shelter

Camp Handy is in the Buckhorn Wilderness area of the Olympic National Forest on the Upper Dungeness. It’s about 3.4 miles in from the trailhead and a pleasant hike. That increases the number of folks that visit. When I was there … a small group of boy scouts showed up to fish the Dungeness River. Instead of camping in a spot off the meadow, I retreated back into the woods where there were several isolated camps (see below). I could walk 30 feet or so and be out in a small meadow (the bright area on the right side of the image). And, I couldn’t hear the scouts.

It was a good camp … only marred by the fact that my self-inflating air mattress had got a hole in it since I last slept on it. A big enough hole that it deflated in less than 10 minutes when I was laying on it. I used the sitting pad (on the log in the photo below) and instead of staying two nights, I only stayed one.

Camp Handy Woods Campsite
Found Rocks, Camp Handy, Olympic National Forest

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary 1

I saw this butterfly landing on yarrow up at Camp Handy while out backpacking in the Olympic National Forest. Was glad it stayed around long enough for a photo or two. (confession: I had to look up the identification in a book on my return home)

Great Spangled Fritillary 2

First Sign of Fall

First Sign of Fall

I really was struck by the pattern of the shadows and the interplay of light between the shadows and the leaves. Tomorrow is the Equinox, so I guess technically these are not “autumn” leaves …

(I took this a couple weeks back and it was the first time I noticed leaves that had fallen, but there are lots more now.)

Together We Can Do Great Things

Together We Can Do Great Things

This is an address post along the Larry Scott Trail outside of Port Townsend, Washington. The lettering on the post on the right is “Together We Can Do Great Things” … It’s too bad that the actual address post has to be in the same location … but I understand why it’s easier that way. It’s a lovely sentiment and especially nice when surrounded by the flowers.

Three Bare Roses

Three Bare Roses

This is my final shot of these roses (perhaps). I hope I have encouraged you to look at flowers differently … and not just give up on them when they are “past prime display”.

On a technical note: I struggled with the printing of this image. The background was tinted a light magenta that wasn’t what I wanted at all. The reason was that after a recent operating system update on my Mac, my system preferences for printing had been modified and re-set to “Apple Air Print”. This option works well enough for printing documents, but not for photographic prints where you are concerned with precise replication of colors. The result was that I had to delete the printer and reinstall the Epson driver. I was aware of this issue from past experiences, but it had slipped my mind after this update. If you have a Macintosh and struggle with getting colors, make sure you check to make sure the print driver is the latest from the printer manufacturer and not the generic Apple Air Print default.

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