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Oregon/Washington 2007

 

Recently I returned from my first trip to the Pacific northwest. I was really amazed by the wildlife and scenery that I encountered and really had a wonderful time. There were days of complete rain and other frustrations, but I had flexible plans that allowed me to adapt and make the best of the situation.

 

With a little patience, (there are 36 full photographs on this page) I hope that you enjoy a sampling of the photographs that I took...

 


 

Ecola State Park

 

Black Oystercatcher

 

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

 

California Quail

 

Heceta Head Lighthouse on a misty night

 

The View from Olympic National Park - Ruby Beach

 

Second Beach Sunrise

 

Tufted Puffin - Oregon Coast Aquarium - This bird (unlike almost every other wildlife photograph on my website) was a captive bird in an outdoor aviary. This species nests on offshore islands and is hard to photograph in Oregon/Washington without violating state/federal restrictions.

 

Cannon Beach Sunset

 

A Sea Lion barking orders!

 

Wreck of the Peter Iredale (built 1890; wrecked 1906) at Fort Steven State Park, OR

 

Sunshine reaches the temperate rainforest floor

 

Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

 

Hoh Rainforest

 

Olympic Mountains and Black-tailed Deer

 

Hoh Rainforest

 

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse a.k.a. "Terrible Tilly" - it has been overwashed many times by huge waves and was an incredible feat to build in 1880 and maintain for 77 years. It is now under private ownership and serves as a final resting place for the ashes of those whose families pay to have them flown in via helicopter. It lies a bit over a mile offshore.

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Sea Star - to me it almost looks as if it's running away...

 

The view from Yaquina Head

 

A stately Douglas Fir among forest friends

 

Mount Rainier reveals itself...

 

Silver Fox (color variation of the Red Fox) in Mount Rainier National Park

 

Sooty Grouse female

 

Mount Rainier in a mostly frozen Reflection Lake

 

Paradise River

 

An early season Hoary Marmot gathering some food

 

Red Fox kit

 

I normally don't get into many photographs on my trip, but this notch in a big Sitka Spruce was too inviting. I saw even larger trees on my trip, but this several hundred year old individual in Ecola State Park is still quite impressive.

 

Green Anemone at low tide

 

The trail up through Ecola State Park

 

Latourell Falls - Columbia River Gorge - notice the amazing columnar basalt in the background rock

 

Acorn Woodpecker - Corvallis, OR

 

Oregon Coast Aquarium Shark Exhibit - Newport, OR

 

Heceta Head Lighthouse

 

5 minute exposure of Mount Rainier

 

All photographs may be purchased as fine-art prints or notecards.

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