Posts Tagged: Olympic Peninsula

January 26, 2011 – Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It’s been awhile since I tossed up something from Shi Shi Beach, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It’s Wednesday, so I figured I’d toss this one out there. It’s one of those mediocre shots that I’ve been meaning to use for quite awhile, but the right time has just never really come up. It’s got some nice elements to it – I love the colors and the textures – but the composition just feels.. uninspired. Like, those random branches and stuff in the foreground, that’s just sloppy. Oh well, that’s what Wednesdays are for.

This view is looking out over Shi Shi Beach, in Olympic National Park, which takes up a large part of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. There are actually a couple parts to the park: there’s the part along the Pacific coast (this part), and there’s the part that covers most of the Olympic mountains, on the spine of the peninsula. You pronounce the name of this place “Shy Shy”, which is completely unrelated to the content of the previous sentence.

And while we’re in the habit of talking about unrelated things, have you noticed how all of the Flattr buttons and stuff disappeared? No, you haven’t, but that’s okay, because you didn’t actually notice that they were there in the first place. I know this, because the whole Flattr thing was apparently not a very popular idea around these parts. That’s right – it didn’t work out. I still love the concept, I’m just not super-duper impressed with the implementation. So I’m letting my account lapse. If you wanted to get in a couple last-minute flattrs for me, please feel free, but I’m not going to make a button available for you to do so. But don’t worry, you can always buy a flattr t-shirt.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 15mm.

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August 2, 2010 – Shi Shi Beach Trail

Shi Shi Beach Trail

Monday, August 2, 2010

I seem to remember that I don’t remember the last time I posted something from the Shi Shi Beach trail. I mean, I know, I’ve posted HUNDREDS of them already, but not in the last however many days. Also, I could have sworn I already posted this particular picture in the past, but it didn’t turn up in a quick search back through the archives, so I’m going to call it good.

So, as you probably guessed from the first paragraph, this was taken along the Shi Shi Beach trail, which is right up near the far northwestern point of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Most of the trail itself is on reservation land, but then right at the very end, right when you hit the beach, it crosses over into Olympic National Park. The trail is near the town of Neah Bay, on Makah tribal land. It’s a real pain in the butt to get to (since the last hundred miles or so are on a super windy road that takes forever), but it’s oh-so-worth-it. I *highly* recommend heading out there, and while there it’s a great idea to spend some time and absolutely some money in the town, as a way of saying thanks to the tribe for graciously allowing public access to this and other trails in the area. Also while there, you should check out Cape Flattery, it’s one of the most beautiful spots along the coast that I’ve seen, complete with gorgeous aquamarine water and sea lions and cliffs. And – it’s also a short trail, that one comes in at under a mile I believe. A great way to spend a weekend.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/160s, f/4.5, ISO 1600. Focal length: 19mm.

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April 19, 2010 – Upper Silver Lake

Upper Silver Lake

Upper Silver Lake, Buckhorn Wilderness

Monday, April 19, 2010

So, reflections are kind of fun. If you’ve got a piece of still water handy nearby, you can usually make just about any picture a little bit more interesting by reflecting something in it. Now, it doesn’t always make things more interesting an interesting way, if that makes any sense, but it never hurts to try. Long-time readers of the Picture of the Day may realize that I’ve posted shots in the past of just about this same spot, where I feel like I made better use of the reflection. But this one is still kind of nice I think.

This was taken at Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness. That’s on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State if you don’t have a map handy. There’s a national park on the peninsula, Olympic National Park, that encompasses a lot of the mountains and a decent-sized chunk of the coastline, but this wasn’t inside the boundary. There’s a couple ways in to the lake, one of which follows the Mt. Townsend trail almost all the way up. That’s the way we got there. The other trail is I think a little bit easier (in that there’s less up, then down, then up), but I wasn’t in charge of picking the trail, so what do I know. This was taken a little while after sunrise, when the surrounding peaks were nicely lit up, but the sun hadn’t made its way down to the lake yet.

Anybody have any requests for the rest of the week?

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/125s, f/4.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.

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