Winter, Upper Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017

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A black and white Pacific Northwest landscape photograph of the snow-covered upper Paradise River valley captured on a sunny winter day in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
“Winter, Upper Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017”
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A black and white landscape photograph of the snow-covered upper Paradise River valley captured on a sunny winter day in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

Read the story behind this photograph on my blog post at “Snowshoeing in Paradise, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017”.

The entire collection of black and white landscape photographs from this trip can be viewed on my online photography gallery at Snowshoeing in Paradise, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 28-70 mm ƒ3.5-4.5, ƒ16, ISO 200, 1/400 second, 70 mm.

46°47’13” N 121°44’11” W

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

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Mid-Winter Afternoon Drive, Skokomish Valley, Washington, 2017

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A mid-winter black and white landscape photograph of an island and forested shoreline of Lake West near FR2340 in rural Mason County, Washington.
“Winter, Lake West, Mason County, Washington, 2017”
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After a morning of driving along Hood Canal scouting for potential landscape photographs, I decided to head up the West Skokomish Valley Road in rural Mason County, Washington and do a little mid-winter exploring.

In the few days prior to my trip, the Olympic Peninsula received a large amount of rainfall, causing the Skokomish River to overflow its banks and flood the surrounding low-lying farmlands and countryside.

A black and white landscape photograph of an overflowing creek along the West Skokomish Valley Road in rural Mason County, Washington.
“Overflowing Creek, Mason County, Washington, 2017”
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I drove through multiple water crossings, eventually finding a location along the road to photograph an overflowing creek amongst the river bottom forest.

West Skokomish Valley Road eventually forks off to FR23 and climbs out of the valley and travels through Simpson Timber Forest lands and eventually entering the Olympic National Forest.

A landscape photograph of the South Fork Skokomish River as viewed upriver from the High Steel Bridge in the Olympic National Forest along FR2340 in rural Mason County, Washington.
“Upriver, South Fork Skokomish River, Washington, 2017”
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As I was driving along FR23, I took the turn towards the High Steel Bridge over the South Fork Skokomish River on FR2340. Before reaching the bridge, I noticed a small lake off in the forest to the right. After checking my topographical map, I located the old road (now a trail) that led down to the lake.

Once I was done photographing at West Lake, I continued the short distance up to the High Steel Bridge. Luckily, the lighting was good down in the canyon on the river. The light wasn’t so good when I attempted to photograph Vincent Falls from the bridge or when I hiked down a trail that follows the top of the canyon to a viewpoint of the bridge.

A landscape photograph of a nameless tributary of Cedar Creek along FR23 in the Olympic National Forest in rural Mason County, Washington.
“Nameless Tributary of Cedar Creek, Mason County, Washington, 2017”
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While photographing at the bridge, I talked to a couple of gentlemen from Bremerton who recommended that I check out Pine Creek further up FR23. So after capturing my photos at the High Steel Bridge, I continued up FR23.

I drove FR23 past the turnoff to Brown Creek Campground (where the pavement ends) up to a point that the road was completely covered in snow. Since it was late in the day and I was by myself, I decided that was a good point to turn around.

A nature photograph of a seasonal moss waterfall along FR23 in the Olympic National Forest in rural Mason County, Washington.
“Moss Waterfall, Mason County, Washington, 2017”
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On the way down, I stopped at several unnamed tributaries and shot a few photos. I also drove back down through the Brown Creek Campground where there was a group of campers enjoying a late afternoon campfire.

My last photo of the day was captured on the drive out from Brown Creek Campground from the FR2348 bridge over the South Fork Skokomish River. It wasn’t long after this that the sun had set and it was dark.

A landscape photograph of the South Fork Skokomish River in the Olympic National Forest along FR2348 in rural Mason County, Washington.
“Winter, South Fork Skokomish River, Washington, 2017”
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Early Autumn Skies No. 2, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016

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A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.
“Early Autumn Skies No. 2, West Beach, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”
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A black and white landscape photograph of cloudy early autumn skies captured along West Beach on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Read the story behind this photograph on my blog post at “Dark Autumn Skies Over Strait of Juan de Fuca, Whidbey Island, Washington, 2016”.

Nikon D700, Tamron 17-35 mm ƒ2.8-4.0 lens, ƒ16, ISO 200, 0.8 second, 20 mm.

48°17’55” N 122°43’29” W

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

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Winter Panoramic, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017

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A panoramic landscape photograph of the sunlight shining on the southern face of a snow-covered Mount Rainier, framed by trees, on an early winter evening, captured along the Paradise Road at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
“Winter Panoramic, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017”
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A panoramic landscape photograph of the sunlight shining on the southern face of a snow-covered Mount Rainier, framed by trees, on an early winter evening, captured along the Paradise Road at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

Read the story behind this photograph on my blog post at “Early Winter Evening at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, 2017”.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 mm ƒ2.8 lens, ƒ16, ISO 200, 1/40 second, 80 mm, multiple images stitched together in Adobe Lightroom.

46°46’20” N 121°46’35” W

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

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