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.
This time of year we don’t get many sunsets in the Pacific Northwest due to the near constant cloud cover. When we do, we are treated with the sun setting over the NE corner of the Olympic Mountains. Always a treat.
This is the view from the Slab Camp trail looking SSE into the central Olympics.
This view is from a mile or so down the trail from the above. In this image you have a better view of the valleys coming together, close to meeting at Three Forks on the Gray Wolf River.
The valleys are the Lost Creek, Cameron Creek and Gray Wolf River.
Both images are composites of several frames … with the final file running over 130MB.
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)
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.