Another view from the top of Blue Mountain, this one looking west towards Hurricane Ridge and Mt Angeles (you can see the roadcut running from the right middle of the image across to the left skyline … Hurricane RIdge is just at that point. This is Olympic National Park. Mount Angeles (Port Angeles is at the bottom of the road) is between the two tallest groups of trees. Tree, Mountain, Tree is a pretty typical (and probably trite) photo motif that my friend and I joke about. But it still works.
This is a shot looking southwest across the Olympic National Park from the Slab Camp Trail running out of Deer Park Campground. It was just a little hazy, but not as bad as several days later when wild fire smoke blew in from the east. I liked the ridges and intervening valleys.
Camp Handy is in the Buckhorn Wilderness area of the Olympic National Forest on the Upper Dungeness. It’s about 3.4 miles in from the trailhead and a pleasant hike. That increases the number of folks that visit. When I was there … a small group of boy scouts showed up to fish the Dungeness River. Instead of camping in a spot off the meadow, I retreated back into the woods where there were several isolated camps (see below). I could walk 30 feet or so and be out in a small meadow (the bright area on the right side of the image). And, I couldn’t hear the scouts.
It was a good camp … only marred by the fact that my self-inflating air mattress had got a hole in it since I last slept on it. A big enough hole that it deflated in less than 10 minutes when I was laying on it. I used the sitting pad (on the log in the photo below) and instead of staying two nights, I only stayed one.
I really was struck by the pattern of the shadows and the interplay of light between the shadows and the leaves. Tomorrow is the Equinox, so I guess technically these are not “autumn” leaves …
(I took this a couple weeks back and it was the first time I noticed leaves that had fallen, but there are lots more now.)
Besides having a great beach for walking, Lincoln Park in Seattle has wonderful woodland for walking with numerous trails. Even with summer crowds it is possible to find spots that are quiet and secluded.