Second Beach

Still going through images from my trip to Olympic National Park in 2014.  This time, two sunset photographs taken at Second Beach on the Quileute Indian Reservation just outside of Forks, WA (yes, that Forks). The main point of interest to this beach (as opposed to First Beach to the north or Third Beach to the south) is the “keyhole”, an opening in a rocky protrusion through which the glow of the setting sun can be seen against the silhouette of the land. Under the right atmospheric conditions, I understand this light can display as a distinct beam.

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This second shot is a long exposure taken from the rocks just visible below the keyhole in the above photograph. Having injured my right ankle and knee in a fall on some rocks earlier in the day, the rock hopping needed to get out to this location was probably pretty foolish, but at that time, there was a wonderful glow on the moving water that I wanted to capture.  I used a 30 second exposure to smooth out the moving waves, resulting in an almost flat reflective surface.

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These two photographs have been displayed with a third image I captured at Ruby Beach the previous evening, that I have previously posted on this site. As a set, they work quite well together.

I will wind up this look back in my next posting which will show a five image photo essay I made from my visit to Rialto Beach my first morning in Olympic NP.

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Walking With Molly #2

In this post, I am showing two more images of objects that I spotted while walking with our border collie, Molly.  Like the clump of onions in the previous post, these subjects were found on the asphalt path in the park across the street from our home. The first image shows a cluster of newly emerged leaves that had been blown from their branch by blustery winds during a rainstorm the previous evening.  The leaves were so new when they were blown down that they were virtually transparent.

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On this same walk, I spotted a string of pollen buds attached to a bladed top.  I am not very conversant about trees and methods of pollen dispersal, but I imagine this method works much like the rotary wing of a helicopter for dispersal by the wind and air currents. I have spent some time on the web researching this without much luck.  In the end, though, it really doesn’t matter what species of tree this came from or the method of dispersal used, I was simply struck by the sheer beauty of this natural object and wanted to share its elegance with others.

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Walking With Molly #1

Molly, our border collie, and I go out for walks at least three times a day, the majority of the time traversing the pathways and side trails of the various parks in our community.  While most of these walks are pretty uneventful, every once in a while I will see something along the way that gets me right back out right after our walk, but this time with my camera.  In 2013, it was on one of these walks that I saw a clump of mushrooms that some kids had pulled out of the ground; the photograph that came out of that happenstance can be seen in the post titled Local Fungi. This spring, the lightning struck again a couple of times, and this posting shows the first of three photographs that came out of some of our walks over the last few weeks.

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After a weekend of rain, it seems that some of the neighborhood kids were out uprooting growing things again, this time concentrating on clumps of wild onions, pulling the onions up by their distinctive grass tops and then discarding them on the new asphalt surface of the path. Like my experience with the mushrooms, I was fascinated by the complexity of onion bulbs and connections that that had been hidden beneath the surface. As I processed this image, it began to take on an extraterrestrial look because the asphalt walk on which the onion clump rests does not photograph completely black, and its “highlights” took on a specular/astral appearance making the final image look like some kind of space creature.

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