Tuesday, September 02, 2008
This is pretty representative of beach scenes along the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula. We are at the edge of the Olympic Rain Forest and the sky is overcast much of the time. There are also a lot of streams and rivers that flow down from the Olympic Mountains into the Pacific Ocean along here. This area shown here in the photo is on Quinault Indian Tribal lands and the beach is posted no trespassing. I was on the shoulder of the road that runs north along the coast to the Indian town of Taholah on State Route 109.
This sign was just a few feet from where I took this photo.
Here is a different view with a different focal length lens of a part of the area in the previous photo. This beach is pretty flat although there are some large rocks as you can see in the distance. The foliage is lush and dense due to the temperate climate and a lot of rainfall.
On Tuesday the 12th, after our trip north to Taholah, we stopped for lunch in the Green Lantern Pub in Copalis Beach. This is the view we enjoyed from there, looking north across the grass and down the meandering stream toward the open ocean. The mist hanging on the upper part of the hill in the background tells you a lot about the weather conditions down here.
A little different view of the same area as the last photo. This was taken with a longer focal length lens (more of a telephoto) and shows the stream a lot better. The hill here is the lower one that just shows at the far right side of the last photo.
And this is a closer view yet. There could easily be wildlife in the view as they are all around.
These beaches are sure different from those in Hawaii, like that one in the last post, that I took on Maui while we were there last October. It is hard to remember that this cold water is the same as that warm, comfortable water over there. We didn't really have much sunshine during this trip but it was still nice weather, for the Washington Coast. Any day down there that it doesn't rain is a pretty good weather day.
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Diiiick,
Happy Birthday to yoooooou!
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