Olympic National Park

On the path to Marymere Falls in the Olympic National Park
On the path to Marymere Falls in the Olympic National Park

  I don’t know if many of you have had the chance to visit Olympic National Park in Washington State, but if you haven’t you really should try to make an effort to do so. The park is one of the largest in the National Park system and the only temperate rain forest in the northern part of the world. The park has it all except desert. I know where to find that if I get to feeling to damp and moldy.  I’m lucky.  I live in Port Angeles with the Park as my back yard.  It’s an incredibly beautiful area.  Port Angeles, nestles between the  snow-covered Olympic mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, acting as the gateway to the park.

Spring is slowly beginning to make its appearance here, and with the better weather I finally had the chance to spend a day visiting and shooting in the park.  I’ve always loved waterfalls and Olympic National Park has an abundance of them. My plan is to work my way through as many of them as possible. Somebody told me there is something like 27 waterfalls in the park. I’m not sure how accurate that count is. I haven’t looked it up yet, but I will. I’ll let you know, unless you look it up first.  Had a great time, tiring…really tiring, lol, but a great experience.  Walking through the forest was almost like being in a temple. A walk through the forest here is as close as man can get to God without crossing over, and I’m not ready for that yet. This will do just fine.  Take a moment and check out some of my other photos at my website www.jkfrancisphotography.com

Moss hanging from trees backlit by a shaft of sunlight


2 thoughts on “Olympic National Park”

  1. I would love to see more pictures to better share in your experience. Love your blog! Would the park be difficult for older individuals like myself (60+) to manage physically? I love nature, but alas, I don’t often have the energy to seek her out.

    1. The park has a little bit of something for everyone Paula. It’s one of the largest in the National Park system. Whatever your tastes run to you’ll find it here. From easy strolls in the forests to walking on the beaches. Many of the guidebooks list trails that are accessible to wheel chairs for all or part of the way. There are also a number of Ranger stations around the park that will be more than happy to offer suggestions and help. I’ll be writing more about the park in the future. It’s such a large part of the lifestyle here on the Olympic Peninsula.

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