October 2, 2009 – Upper Silver Lake

Upper Silver Lake - Buckhorn Wilderness

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hey everyone, welcome back. Today’s picture is another one of my all-time favorites. It’s proven to be really hard to decide to use one of my all-time favorites for a Picture of the Day post. I mean, on the one hand, they’re my favorite pictures, the ones I’m most proud of, so of course I want to show them off to everyone. But, once I use it, it’s done, it’s used. And I can never use it again. (Well, fine, it’s my own blog, I can reuse one if I darn well please. But that’s cheeseball.) So, I don’t want to use all of the great ones early on, then have nothing left but mediocre shots until eventually I run out completely. So there’s definitely a (small) pile of personal favorites that I’ve been holding back, waiting for.. who knows what. And everytime I think about using one, I manage to talk myself out of it.

So, today I decided to go ahead and toss one out. Lucky you! Feel free to send me cookies to say thanks, I wouldn’t complain.

This is Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula, and yes, you’ve seen at least one other picture of this lake already. And yes, you’ve already seen SEVERAL other pictures that I took on the same hike. (As recently as… yesterday, in fact.) For whatever reason, that trip was probably the best trip I’ve ever taken, in terms of the sheer number of high-quality images that came out of it, particularly when you compare that to how long we were out. (Just two days.) Pretty wild. Here’s another one that I posted awhile ago, that was taken just a couple hours after this one, but is also in the “all-time-favorites” pile: http://picture-of-the-day.com/?p=139 .  In fact, that picture was taken just over the saddle on the ridgeline that you can see in this picture.  (Just past that little snow patch.)  Needless to say, it’s a really beautiful area.

Any requests for next week?  Mountains? Flowers? Bugs? Snow? Beaches? Anything?

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 400. Focal length: 18mm.

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  1. avatar
    kermit October 3, 2009

    Hi Dave,
    I stumbled on your blog…what a treat!!! It’s one of my “escapes” during the day when the daily grind of work gets to be too much. I’m excited to get “caught up” with your blog. As for your question, it’d be neat to see mountains and water scenes, in particular. Thanks for sharing your stunning photography!

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    Dave October 4, 2009

    Hi, glad you like it! Mountains and water scenes, check. I’ll see what I can dig up.

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    […] I used the caption (and title) “Olympic National Park” today because, quite frankly, the thought of labeling YET ANOTHER picture as “Shi Shi Beach Trail” was a bit embarrassing. I mean, it’s just sort of the way these things go: you take your camera with you every time you go anywhere, and sure, you get a couple nice shots each time. But then there are just a couple times when everything just comes together, and you get a huge number of top-tier (okay, fine, top- and middle-tier) pics. Maybe it’s because the planets are aligned just right, maybe it’s because your mood is aligned just right, maybe it’s because you made sure to eat enough fiber the day before, whatever. The point is, this particular trip out to the Washington coast was one of those times. The time I hiked out to Silver Lakes was another (and another). […]

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