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Autumn in Washington

November 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A beautiful autumn scene along the Naches River

I recently went on a trip to explore some fall colors in Washington. Though the colors are not as varied as they are in New England or the Midwest, the mountainous landscapes, numerous rivers, and other features of the Pacific Northwest provide a beautiful backdrop to the many shades of yellow throughout the area. Yes, during Autumn the Evergreen State is not all green! The first leg of my journey was through Mt. Rainier National Park, which was just a scenic way to get to the more autumn-impacted trees of the Eastern Cascades. I didn't see much color around Paradise, Mt. Rainier- but, there was snow and a dash of fall...

More color appeared as I ventured to the eastern side of the national park...

The reds and oranges really caught my eye!

I also saw some fallen leaves among some easily missed mini-waterfalls...

After exiting the park, I continued to head east along SR 410. This is when I really started seeing more yellows. It was lightly raining, but I didn't let that stop me from taking photographs. Here's a couple that I shot...

Look at all that glorious yellow!

This tree stood out so I had to get a shot...

The following morning I traveled along the Naches River and saw several photo-worthy scenes...

I also went to Bumping Lake, which is located inside Wenatchee National Forest. I had a nice lunch there and enjoyed some solitude among nature. While walking around I came upon an area where the ground was covered in leaves- and the camera came out...

Bumping Lake was so beautiful with all of the leaves and colors

Overall, I had a nice little trip. Spending time in nature with my camera is always so refreshing to my spirit. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year; the landscapes take on a new form, the bugs aren't out, and there's a real sense of change in the air. I'm so glad I was able to get outside and I'm thankful to be able to share a bit of my experience with you! :) 




Waterfalls Galore! Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

October 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Colored leaves on the ground during Fall at Silver Falls State Park

I haven’t photographed autumn scenes in the Pacific Northwest before and recently decided to go on a little road trip to Silver Falls State Park in Oregon to do so. I learned that this park had a trail called ‘Trail of Ten Falls’ and I knew right away that I had to check it out. Autumn plus ten waterfalls equals yes, please! This trip would also be the second time taking out my recently self-converted campervan and would help me gain (or potentially lose) more trust into its reliability for longer road trips to come. I spent the night in the van among some beautiful trees...

Parked the camper van for the night among some beautiful trees.

It was about a 3-hour drive to get to the park and it rained pretty much the entire time while driving. The forecast called for the rain to stop the following day, however, which meant the rain would feed the falls and the hiking/photography could be enjoyed without getting soaked. Happily, this turned out to be accurate.

A friend and fellow photographer joined me on the hike and we started the day fueling up with some oatmeal heated up on my camping stove. Mmm! After beginning the hike, it didn’t take long for us to reach the first waterfall and we were instantly blown away by the beauty and force that was in front of us. Our tripods and cameras immediately came out of our bags and we started shooting away. I was using a 10-stop ND filter and quickly realized that this was too heavy a filter to use in the forest on an overcast morning. I took off the ND filter and played with different exposure settings until finding some I liked. After shooting for 15-20 minutes we continued on the trail and encountered waterfall after waterfall!

There were even two waterfalls that we hiked behind.

Check out the hiker behind the falls!

Shot taken from behind the falls​

The damp fall foliage complemented the waterfalls perfectly and left no mystery as to what time of year it was. Overall, we hiked and photographed for almost 6 hours before calling it a day… and what a day it was! Here’s a few more shots from the adventure…        

Autumn leaves provided a good foreground to set the mood of this image

The forest setting was so beautiful :)

Self-portrait at the base of the falls...

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