It has taken me a long time to work through the final set of photographs from Olympic, but I have finally finished. You may remember I took this trip back in July with my friend Rich. Five months later, as I look at the photos on this website and the ones hanging on our walls at home - I am still amazed by what we saw. It is truly one of the best parks I have been to.
Olympic National Park is located in Washington and it is like three parks in one. You can stand on top of 7,000 foot mountains with awe-inspiring 360 degree views that look like the Alps, walk among giant moss covered trees in a temperate rain forest, or walk along rocky beaches with off-shore sea stacks. And, you can do it all in one day!
The park is defined by the atmosphere and the weather. Due to its location on the west coast and the size of the mountains, rain and clouds and fog play an important role. You can start your trip into the park at the base of the mountains in full cloud cover, convinced you won't see anything. But just before the road ends, you emerge above the clouds into the most amazing light as the sun rises. Or, if you are very lucky, you can see the full moon setting over snow covered mountains right before the sun rises as in the photo above. And for extra measure, you can go from completely clear to completely fogged in, and back again in minutes. Mist rises up and suddenly surrounds you, rainstorms with thunder and lightening descend upon the valley, and clouds come and go quickly. Olympic is easily one of my favorite places.
Here is a link to the full Olympic NP Gallery on my website.
I have started creating folios as a way to preserve my best photographs. Folios are a cross between a book and a portfolio. Like a book, folios contain several pages, several images — and even text or text signatures. Unlike a book, they are not bound, but rather are individual sheets and images. Each sheet, each image, can be handheld and viewed as a single print. Yet the collection of images in every folio is built around a central theme.
Each folio is a collection of about thirteen fine art archival prints on 8.5 x 11 paper. All prints are contained in a hand-crafted linen paper enclosure with an image title shown on the front. The prints can be kept in the folio or they can be framed individually. The folio concept was originally introduced by Brooks Jensen of LensWork and has been used to present a set of related fine art prints intended for handheld viewing.