Mudflats at Low Tide, Grays Harbor, Washington, Winter 2017

A mobile landscape photograph of old pilings at lowtide along the Southshore of Grays Harbor, Washington on a rainy winter day.
“Mudflats at Low Tide, Grays Harbor, Washington, Winter 2017”
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A mobile landscape photograph of old pilings at low tide along the Southshore of Grays Harbor, Washington on a rainy winter day.

Read the story behind this photograph on my blog post at “Winter Drive Along SR105, Grays Harbor, Washington, Winter 2017”.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus, ƒ1.8, ISO 20, 1/640 second, 3.99 mm.

46°56’3″ N 123°54’33” W

Part of my Pacific Northwest / Washington State mobile photography series.

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Exploring the Coast of Willapa Bay, Washington, Winter 2017

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A landscape photograph of Norris Slough along Willapa Bay in rural Pacific County, Washington.
“Norris Slough, Pacific County, Washington, Winter 2017”
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After several hours of exploring and photographing along the Washington State coast at South Beach (see my blog post at “Winter Drive Along South Beach, Washington, 2017”), I made my way past Tokeland, Washington to the north shore of Willapa Bay.

Willapa Bay is the second largest estuary on the west coast of the United States, making for a coastline that is relatively undeveloped (with the exception of Raymond and South Bend further up the Willapa River).

A landscape photograph of an unknown name tributary of the Cedar River in rural Pacific County, Washington.
“Tributary of Cedar River, Pacific County, Washington, Winter 2017”
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With State Route 105 as my guide, and without any specific goals in mind, I set out to explore photographically Willapa Bay.

All along SR105, there are crossings of sloughs and rivers, some named on a sign, others I had to research through topographical map sources. Some bodies of water have no name (or at least one I could find).

My recommendations, if you’re going to venture from the roadside pullout, waterproof boots are highly recommended. Exposed estuaries can be very wet and muddy.

A landscape photograph of the coastline along the north shore of Willapa Bay in Pacific County, Washington.
“North Shore, Willapa Bay, Washington, Winter 2017”
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I made stops at various locations along the route, the determining factor being if there was a convenient pullout near an interesting scene.

Some of my photos were captured from a highway bridge or shoulder of the road, and others were from down in the mud of the estuary.

A landscape photograph of an estuary at the Niawiakum River Natural Area Preserve along Willapa Bay in Pacific County, Washington.
“Estuary, Niawiakum River Natural Area, Washington, Winter 2017”
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When I came across the Cedar River “Public Fishing” parking lot, I took a short hike along the estuary levy road back to where it started climbing into timber lands. I managed to capture a few landscape photographs of an unknown name tributary of the Cedar River.

I made another stop for additional photographs near the North River / Smith Creek Wildlife Area.

A landscape photograph of the shoreline of Willapa Bay near Nemah Road in rural Pacific County, Washington.
“Coastline, Nemah Road, Willipa Bay, Washington, Winter 2017”
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After driving through Raymond and South Bend, Washington (with a stop for a late lunch), I continued south along Willapa Bay on US101.

Initially, the lighting wasn’t good for landscape photographs (a little too harsh) but slowly got better as the afternoon became evening.

I took advantage of where the lighting was good for photos with stops near the Niawiakum River, the shoreline near Nemah Road, and Tide Slough where there was a herd of elk in the distance (too far away for the lenses I had on hand).

A landscape photograph of a slough along Government Road at Chetlo Harbor, Pacific County, Washington.
“Slough, Government Road, Pacific County, Washington, Winter 2017”
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As the day’s light was fading, I made a few more stops along the southern reaches of Willapa Bay, not fully being able to explore the landscape photography possibilities before me. I’ll save that for another day.

A landscape photograph of the coastline of the Long Island Slough at Willapa Bay in rural Pacific County, Washington.
“Long Island Slough, Pacific County, Washington, Winter 2017”
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You can view additional landscape photographs from this day at my gallery titled “Willapa Bay, Washington, Winter 2017”.

Humptulips River, Washington, Winter 2017

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A black and white landscape photograph of the Humptulips River in rural Grays Harbor County, Washington.
“Humptulips River, Washington, Winter 2017”
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A black and white landscape photograph of the Humptulips River in rural Grays Harbor County, Washington.

Read the story behind this photograph on my blog post at “North Shore, Grays Harbor, Washington, Winter 2017”.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 200, 1/80 second, 80 mm.

47°2’57” N 124°2’39” W

Part of my Pacific Northwest / Washington State black and white landscape photography series.

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You can view all photographs from this day shooting at my gallery titled “North Shore, Grays Harbor, Washington, Winter 2017”.

Tavern, Johns River Lodge, Washington, Winter 2017

A mobile rural photograph of an old neon tavern sign along SR105 at the Johns River Lodge, Washington.
“Tavern, Johns River Lodge, Washington, Winter 2017”
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A mobile rural photograph of an old neon tavern sign along SR105 at the Johns River Lodge, Washington.

Read the story behind this photograph on my blog post at “Winter Drive Along SR105, Grays Harbor, Washington, Winter 2017”.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus, ƒ2.8, ISO 64, 1/60 second, 6.6 mm.

46°53’49” N 124°0’3″ W

Part of my Pacific Northwest / Washington State mobile photography series.

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