Beach at Kalaloch

Kalaloch (view west 1)

Kalaloch is in Olympic National Park. It includes a lodge and rental cabins, which are available year round. If you stay in the small lodge, one of the fancier rooms includes newspaper clippings from when First Lady Laura Bush stayed over.

Of course, the crowds are much thicker in the summer … and the weather is more chancy in the winter … well, I guess it’s more predictable: it’s likely to be raining. But with luck, you can get sunny weather in the middle of winter. The coast here is remote. There’s not a large city for a couple hundred miles.

Kalaloch (view northwesst)

Late Afternoon Light

Late afternoon light 1

These images were taken within a few minutes of each other, but on different days. I was enjoying the clear autumn weather and the low sun angles coming through the trees in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. The sun on the red bark of the Pacific Madrona was particularly nice (numbers 1 and 2). Shot on Kodak Portra 400. While it looks like a roadway, the only cars or trucks allowed are service vehicles.

Late afternoon light 2
Late afternoon light 3

Backlit Mossy Trees

Backlit Mossy Tree

One of the things I enjoy about winter in the Olympics is seeing all the moss on the trees being backlit by sunshine. Of course, being Western Washington (let alone rain forest type environment), there aren’t a lot of days in the late fall or winter when you can get a sunny day. This was shot with my Nikon F6 on Tri-X, so I don’t have a color version for you to compare.

But I really enjoy the backlit, glowing green moss outlining each limb of these big leaf maples.

See below for a look at the trail we were hiking.

Dosewallips Trail – late fall

Black and White Brownie Shots

Tree Shadows on Building

These are images taken on 620 Tri-X at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend on the Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20. (and I remembered to wind the film between shots this time)

The images are “soft” … but that is typical of cameras of this design … using a single lens element.

This was the first roll of film that I shot with this camera and I was taking images as I walked around Fort Worden State Park … trying to get the 8 shots taken so I could send the roll in to be developed. I no longer process my own images … finding it much more convenient to use commercial labs who process and provide you with scans. I use “The Darkroom” in California … and find they are wonderful to work with.

Fire Escape Ladder
The “Castle” at Fort Worden St Park

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

We have had a wonderful autumn here in Port Townsend, WA … The weather was sunny and clear instead of the usual cloudy and wet. The fall colors lasted much longer than usual and the colors were spectacular.

This was taken with my new iPhone 14 Pro Max. Was trying out the different lenses and I can say that I was pretty impressed with the image quality compared to my older phone.

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