Hiking into the Green

Hiking into the Green

Typically, I convert an image into black and white using one of Lightroom’s presets or B&W profiles as a starting place. In this case, I used the local adjustment tool and desaturated the whole image, then switched to erase mode and removed the desaturation from the foliage on the riverbank. The desaturation technique is pretty much a blunt instrument approach: it doesn’t provide the fine tonal adjustments that are available using other techniques. However, this image didn’t require a lot of fine adjustment.

This the the Dosewallips River at the point where the road was washed out several years ago. There is a trail bypassing the washout that runs above through the woods… however, when the river is low the trail along the bank is quicker and doesn’t involve climbing up a hundred feet or so.

Hiking out in the Mist

Hiking out in the Mist

On the final day of a 5-day trip up the Dosewallips River, Olympic National Park, we had a low pressure area move through, bringing in clouds and mist. It created a nice variation to the sunny weather of the prior 4 days, and never rained enough to bother with a raincoat. It also created a lot of visually interest.

Mist and Trees

Abandoned Campground

Abandoned Picnic Table
The old Dosewallips Campground
Watching the River

After a couple of days of hiking up the valley, we returned to the abandoned Dosewallips Campground on our way back to the trailhead. While the campsites that are close to the river are used fairly frequently, those areas away from the river are overgrown and in a state of decay. The middle photo shows the remains of the road running through the camp … just a trail now.

Dayhike

Into the meadow areas
The Press Party Point
Return to Camp

After two days of hiking with our full packs, we enjoyed a day of hiking with minimal weight. We spent a few hours hiking up the valley into the meadow areas created and maintained by winter avalanche activity. It was late enough in the year that the only flowers were those growing in moist areas along streams … or a few scattered columbine here and there.

The Press Party Point (final image) is our reference to one of the iconic photos from the Press Party Expedition … one of the first (non-native) traverses of the Olympic Mountains back in the 1890’s.

On the Trail

On the Trail
Big Woods
Rhododendron and Salal Underbrush
Scattered Sunlight

It’s a joy to hike a trail that carries you through miles of pleasant old growth forest. This isn’t the rain forest of the west side of the Olympic National Park, but old growth in the drier east side valley of the Dosewallips (in this case the North Fork).

The understory of salal and rhododendron is particularly pleasant to hike through. It’s just visually and experientially enriching.

Taking a break

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