Over the past 7-8 years I have led many of our photo club members to most of the American National Parks in the Western United States and the most rewarding and memorable trip was probably the Pacific Northwest taken in this time of year (late September) 2013.
Twelve of us flew to Seattle and in two vans we drove to Port Angeles for overnight and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises the next morning before we drove up on Hurricane Ridge Road to the top of Olympic National Park, a World Heritage Site for its diversity of nature settings including glacier, rain forest and beaches. We were lucky to have a clear day to drive up because most of time it was all so foggy up there.
Dawn at Port Angeles:
On Top of Hurricane Ridge Road:
Sol Duc Falls:
Hoh Rain Forest:
We stayed at Kalaloch Lodge on the beach of Pacific Ocean for two nights and what a beautiful place for taking the pictures at the crack of dawn:
We then headed South to Cannon Beach in Oregon:
Fellow photographers taking sunset photos:
Oregon coast is just marvelous and this is one of the stops to see the unusual Sprouting Horn at Cooks Chasm:
We then drove inland to tour the Columbia River Gorge to see both Latourell and Multnomah Falls:
Mount Hood as viewed from Route 35:
On the way back to Seattle we stopped by Mount St. Helens to see the massive destruction of the eruption in 1980.
Seattle waterside at night and said good bye to Pacific Northwest:
Thank you so much!
Wow. You really captured the beauty and essence of our region. Thank you! I love all of your photos!
Thank you! I envy you live in such a beautiful region. There are still so many places I’d like to explore!
Thank you Stephen for this awesome display of nature’s beauty. I had to go to my main frame computer to get the full big screen effect. I will come back to see them again…and again.
They also evoke this longing; how I wish to just sit there in reality and see all this. 🙂
well, there is beauty everywhere so I just have to go and look.
Thank you for your comments, Miriam! I love the Pacific NW region. It was a third trip for me and there are still lots of places I’d like to visit and photograph!
I love the photo of the star fish! Did you saturate the photo or was it this colour?
Thanks. I didn’t do anything with the picture except cropping. I caught my eyes for sure!
Hello Stephen! Loving your photographs! Most Excellent! HUGS from your Tulsa, OK Friends on the Namibia trip with you! Deborah and Lee
So very nice to hear from you, Deborah! Glad you like my photos! Hope you did check out some of my Namibia postings on my website. — Stephen
Photographs are clicked so beautifully..
Thank you, Roy. It was indeed a wonderful trip to remember. That’s why I took some other members to revisit some of the same places, like Olympic National Park plus some other hot spots. — Stephen
So great to hear that! 😊