A Brushy Trail

A Brushy Trail

There is a huge backlog of trail maintenance in most of our National Parks from years and years of underfunding. Another national shame.

The trail here is still easy to follow and just down valley from us was a volunteer team from the Washington Trails Association cutting back the brush from the trail. (While observing all social distancing requirements)

Mist Coming up the Dosewallips

Mist Coming up the Dosewallips

Starting the final day’s hike of a 32 mile, 5 day backpack trip into the Olympic National Park up the North Fork of the Dosewallips River. It had been sunny the previous 4 days, but just after we started our hike out the mist and clouds blew up the valley. Fortunately, I had my camera slung across the body and not in my pack. A cross-body sling (I use a BlackRapid), keeps the camera at your side above your hip and not bouncing off your chest at each step.

Cloudscape

Cloudscape

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.

Steens Mountain

Steens Mountain

In south central Oregon, Steens Mountain is a distinctive feature, rising to over 9000 feet. This photo is taken on the west side, looking east, near the small town of Plush. In this dry country, Steens Mountain wrings what little moisture is in the air and on the east side of the range is the Alvord Desert.

  • Camera: Nikon D200
  • Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm set at 18mm
  • ISO 100 1/400 sec f/10

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