Strange Clouds over Mt Baker

Strange Clouds over Mt Baker

I was walking the beach on Marrowstone Island (SE of Port Townsend) and noticed the strange-ish clouds overhead with Mt Baker in the distance. Not particulary weird clouds. Just a little funny looking. Fargo clouds. (Movie reference)

The Olympics In Winter

The Olympics in Winter

I tried this in black and white, since the colors weren’t a big part of the image. But I ended up liking it better in color. I think it had to do mostly with the separation in the sky. The blue in the sky created more separation than it did when converted to a gray tone. But maybe I was just too lazy to keep working at it.

The Olympics in Winter (B&W)

A Short-timer

Short-timer

This is the North Fork of the Skokomish River in the southeast corner of Olympic National Park. While the river is contained enough in a valley so that it doesn’t have much room to meander and make oxbow lakes and such, it still moves around enough to erode away banks, taking trees and (sometimes) bridges.

Clouds Burning Off

Valley Clouds 1

My previous post talked about hiking and having clouds move in … this one covers the other scenario, where you start the hike in clouds and hike up out of them (or have them burn off while you are hiking). This is the same location as the previous post, Mt Ellinor in the Southeast corner of the Olympic Mountains (outside the park).

Valley Clouds 2
SE Corner of the Olympic Mountains Looking North from Mt Ellinor

Clouds Moving In

Southeast Olympics Looking North from Mt Ellinor

One of the facts of hiking in the Olympic Mountains is that the weather can change very quickly due to its proximity to the Pacific. I was climbing (more of a hike than a climb, really) Mt Ellinor in November one year and it started out as a beautiful fall day. When I started my descent, I realized that clouds were coming in. I wasn’t worried since the trail was clearly marked with lots of footprints in the snow, and I had climbed Ellinor several times. But the clouds moving in certainly made it more interesting photographically.

Fog in the chute on Mt Ellinor
Fog on Mt Ellinor

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