One of my favorite spots on the trip was the stop at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
At 5,242 feet (1,598 m) the views are dramatic. Hurricane Ridge is named for it’s strong gales and winds.
The clouds and the light were ever changing.
We had plenty of time to roam around on our own. I enjoy traveling with other people but as a photographer I need time on my own with just my camera!
Walking through the trees with the barren limbs was very eerie. It was very foggy but I decided to give the photos more contrast.
The deer were obviously used to humans walking around and seemed eager to have their portraits taken!
But the deer weren’t the only critters available for photo opportunities. See the Olympic marmot at the top of the photo… I don’t know if he was interested in the deer or the tourists.
But he was certainly very photogenic. In 2009, the Olympic marmot was declared the official endemic mammal of Washington.
On the other side of the ridge the fog had really taken over and the world seemed to end at the edge of the snow bank.
At one point it started to rain. Everybody was crowding into the visitor center. I took shelter outside and watched the rain come down. Having come from rain-starved Southern California I enjoyed seeing the wet stuff coming down all around me.
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