Elwha Valley Rain Clouds

Elwha Valley Rain Clouds

Being a ridge or two away from the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, the Elwha Valley still gets its fair share of rain. Not anywhere near what the westside valleys get, but still enough that there’s plenty of water. Going for a day hike, it’s always prudent to carry some raingear, regardless of the forecast.

This photo is taken at the point the road is closed due to the washout. The building in the distance is where stock is kept during the summer months. In the old days, this was the location of the Elwha store and gas station.

  • Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens
  • Scanned with an Epson V600

Desert Rain

Desert Rain

Out in the middle of Nevada, a cold front came through and brought dramatic clouds. We pulled off the main highway onto a sideroad and I captured the rain showers in the distance. If it hadn’t been for the clouds, it certainly wouldn’t be a as interesting a picutre.

When you see dramatic weather, stop and shoot.

  • Camera: Nikon D200
  • Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm set at 18mm
  • ISO 100 1/250 sec f/8.0

The Kennewick in Stormy Weather

The Ferry Kennewick coming in to Port Townsend

I enjoy walking in stormy weather and this October day was perfect for that. The rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains protects Port Townsend (some) but it is often very windy. Walking along the beach downtown, I noticed the ferry Kennewick coming into town. I was a little surprised, since in high winds they often cancel that ferry run.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm Fujinon
  • ISO 50 1/120 sec f/7.1

Stormy Day at the Beach

Weather at Point WIlson by Allan J Jones Photography
Weather at Point WIlson

This is the beach at Fort Worden… with the Point Wilson lighthouse. The area is relatively sheltered from most of the worst weather that comes in to Western Washington, but it still gets the occasional windy day here and there.

There are always folks camping down at the beach there. Including on this day when there was one brave camper trying to get a tent up in the wind.

I invite you to visit my website (https://allanjjonesphotography.com) to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in the Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 85mm
ISO 125    1/400 sec   f/8

View from Point Madison

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Point Madison is in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. I had raced down to the point to try and get a photo of a rainbow behind the lighthouse. It had pretty much faded away by the time I got there (see below). But when I started back up the hill, I was struck by the clouds and the sun shining off the wet streets.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/800 sec at f/14

Point Madison Lighthouse by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Madison Lighthouse with Rainbow

Double Rainbow over PA Harbor

Double Rainbow over Port Angeles Harbor by Allan J Jones Photography
Double Rainbow over Port Angeles Harbor

I went to Port Angeles for some personal business … got there a little early and saw there was a full rainbow. I drove to the harbor, hoping it would stay … and it did. I was able to get this shot that shows the slight double above the primary. You can still see some of the raindrops on the lens. I was facing directly into the wind … and it was blowing pretty good. I removed a number of them, but this version shows some I missed. A surprise.

It was also a surprise to see the settings from the shot and realizing that I wasn’t paying attention or I would have dropped the ISO to get the f stop down to around f/8.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 1000    1/640 sec    f/22

Rainbow Over Whidbey Island

Rainbow and sunset over Whidbey by Allan J Jones Photography
Rainbow and sunset over Whidbey

Rainbow over Whidbey by Allan J Jones Photography
Rainbow over Whidbey

These photos were taken from Marrowstone Island, looking east across Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet) toward Whidbey Island. The glow of the sunset was lighting up the clouds on the north end of the rainbow, while the south end of the rainbow was more complete. The top arc of the ‘bow was not visible.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm   set at 116mm (top) and 42mm (bottom)
ISO 640    1/200 sec at f/5.6 (top)    1/50 sec at f/18 (bottom)

Upper Queets River Road

Road to the Upper Queets

We had a trip to hike the Queets River trail (Olympic National Park) planned for several weeks. The summer had been dry and the river was low. That’s important since the first thing is to ford the river. Most of the year, the trail is inaccessible.

But of course, it is the rain forest … and so the day we arrived the river had just peaked at three times the “safe-to-ford” level. But the drive in was worth it… with mists in the forest, and elk crossing the road, and hardly anyone else around.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm at 24mm
ISO 640    1/160 sec    f/6.3

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