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August 23, 2005
Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Based on a couple of questions - let's do a little reset here.

The Olympic National Park is a large portion of the Washington state peninsula:


The 'edges' of the park are accessible by road - in some cases they are forestry roads and a four wheel drive vehicle is a good idea.

Hurricane Ridge is just south of Port Angeles (one of the most northern towns on the peninsula):


The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is about an 18 mile drive south and southwest up to a viewpoint area where there are several trailheads - it is at 5240 feet of elevation. The sights at Hurrican Ridge are the subject of this post.


The visitor center sits atop this viewpoint with a view deep into the Olympic park - to the south there is a vast panorama of the Olympic range. Unlike the Cascade range where Rainier, St. Helens, and Baker, along with the other giants tower above their peers - the Olympic range has relatively little height difference among its tallest peaks. They are all in the 6,000 - 8,000 foot range (Mount Olympus with its distinctive glaciers is the tallest at 7,965 feet.) What is most impressive about Hurricane Ridge is the continuous view across the breadth of the range...


Hurricane Ridge also often features wildlife and this past weekend was no exception.


A blacktail doe and then one ...


Two spotted fawns appeared just behind her.



No wildlife is much more fun to see than fawns with an April birthday strolling by.


I struggled with how to present the panoramic scene of the Olympic range - I settled on creating an 'oct-tych' - a combination of eight photographs in a single scene (Photoshop helped). I haven't learned how to color blend this yet - and obviously have not learned how to exactly dial in the tripod - but I think this gives a better glimpse than most anything else I could do. Click on the above image for a larger version to scroll around with.  (Using Windows Explorer - the popup window will contain a scrollable-zoomable picture - if you left button click on the picture, an icon will appear in the lower right hand corner of the picture - if you click on that the image will expand to its 'full' size and you can scroll it left to right.)


This looked like a pretty fun job.


Just to the other side of the viewpoint looking north is the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in the distance Vancouver Island, British Columbia and the city of Victoria.


The track of a 2002 fire is still very much in evidence here.


This elevation is just about at the tree line - it's an area where the trees do battle with the elements - and the battle ebbs and flows. The trees are currently losing.


Of course, a dead tree still makes a great place to issue a scolding for passers by.


Back down to Port Angeles brings other views of Puget Sound and this massive country.


Some 60 miles away, across Puget Sound in the Cascade range is Mount Baker - a 12,000 plus foot volcano - hovering here like a cloud.

Next post will be about Lake Crescent - a huge, deep, clear lake with some interesting lore to go along with the photos. Cheers!

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