Photographing the diverse landscape of northwest Washington -- from rainforests to stormy coast -- in the winter.
Olympic Peninsula in the northwest Washington state is a strange landscape. There are lakes, waterfalls, rainforests, snow-capped mountains, rugged beaches with towering rock stacks, and a climate dominated by rain. I spent the Christmas of 2018 driving around the Olympic National Park. I took some of the most interesting photos that I have ever taken. Here's a showcase of some of them.
The national park itself can be split in three regions: rainforests, coasts, and mountains. The mountains were inaccessible due to snow when I went there. I got to visit Hoh and Quinault rainforests. Rialto, Second, and Ruby beaches. And also spent a few days in nearby Seattle.
Sea stacks are formed by the action of water on larger rocks where the portion connecting them to the mainland has eroded away. The Olympic coast is dotted with sea stacks. Some are large enough so that they are essentially islands. I was able to go to three places that have sea stacks: Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Ruby Beach. These beaches are filled with drift wood, which makes hiking there a bit of a challenge.
Beacuse of abundant rain, there are many waterfalls in Olympic National Park. The most popular and probably the grandest waterfall is the Marymere Falls. It's in the northern part of the park; a short hike away from the Lake Cresent Lodge. The other waterfall that I saw was an unnamed waterfall near Quinault Lake. There were countless cascades in different parts of the park due to abundant rain in December.
Seattle is beautiful in any season. And Kerry Park is probably the best place to see the skyline. Generally you can see Mt. Rainier in the background, but on that particular evening, it was obscured by clouds.