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Fun Photo Friday — Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls


Lake Crescent Panoramic

Lake Crescent Panoramic

Today I present to you my favorite photographs from this segment of our road trip into the Olympic National Park and our visit to Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls.  On Wednesday I did a lot of talking about Marymere Falls, but my photos concentrated on the hike through the old growth forest on the way there.  So, what did we see when we arrived?  A 90-foot/27-meter drop from Aurora Ridge to Barnes Creek.

Marymere Falls Vertical Panoramic

Marymere Falls Vertical Panoramic

But the forest alone was worth the hike.

No Rolling Stone Here

No Rolling Stone Here

And let us not forget Lake Crescent.

Shrouded Giants

Shrouded Giants

But perhaps my favorite shot of this segment was this lone dead tree surrounded by a sea of life overlooking the calm lake waters below.

The Tree

The Tree

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The Hike to Marymere Falls


Old Growth Alder, Cedar, Fir, and Hemlock

Old Growth Alder, Cedar, Fir, and Hemlock

On Monday I gave you just a taste of some of the wonders contained with the Olympic National Park.  Today we’ll take a short hike into an old growth forest there.  Rounding Lake Crescent we pulled off of Route 101 and parked the rental at the Storm King Ranger Station on Barnes Point, the site of an ancient land slide that spilled into Lake Crescent.

Intrepid Hiker Ursula Wicker

Intrepid Hiker Ursula Wicker

From Storm King we took the pedestrian tunnel back beneath Route 101 and started our hike to the south for Marymere Falls.  It was a good day for umbrellas as drizzle began before we reached the falls and turned to light rain on the hike back out.  For many of today’s photos Ursula sheltered both me and camera while I composed and took the shots.

Old Growth Forest

Old Growth Forest

As you can see the falls are not the only sights along the way.  During the hike the trail takes you through an old growth forest of alder, cedar, fir, and hemlock.

Old Growth Forest

Old Growth Forest

And along the way there are some pretty dramatic splashes of color.

Splashes of Color in a Sea of Green

Splashes of Color in a Sea of Green

I’m not a dendrologist by any stretch, but I assume the reddish carcasses we saw on this journey are the remains of western redcedar.  Feel free to leave a comment correcting me if I’m wrong on that.

Old Growth Forest

Old Growth Forest

You know that you’re getting close to Marymere Falls when you finally start trekking along Barnes Creek.

Barnes Creek

Barnes Creek

Barnes Creek runs from the base of Marymere Falls to Barnes Point.  Even so, the trail to Marymere Falls only runs alongside Barnes Creek toward the end of the hike.  On this week’s Fun Photo Friday you’ll get a glimpse of Marymere Falls as well as other favorite shots from this hike and from Lake Crescent.

Barnes Creek

Barnes Creek

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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From Port Angeles to Lake Crescent


Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Ursula and I picked up the rental car that she had reserved in advance.  She drove and I navigated as we headed west out of Port Angeles on famed U.S. Route 101.  Yes, that’s the same Route 101 that in California joins up in some areas to run concurrently with California State Route 1 — the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway.  So, basically, Route 101 runs between Port Angeles in Washington all the way to where it joins up with U.S. Interstate 5 just south of Los Angeles, California, at Capistrano Beach.  Sounds like this would make a great photo road trip one day.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Our goal on this leg of the trip was Marymere Falls, but along the way we stumbled upon Lake Crescent, a wonderful and enchanting deep-water lake that on this day was ringed by fog-shrouded mountains and beautiful pine forests.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

It was so beautiful a sight that we stopped at several places along the way to take in the views and photograph them.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Route 101 offers several elevations of views here, from high overlooks all the way down to the water’s edge.

 

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

And while I’m not usually a fan of cloudy day photography, I have to admit that the clouds this day really seemed to enhance the experience.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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