Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Nat'l Park



I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

I guess some of you noticed I was missing from the blogging world, hubby and I visited Washington State and the Olympic National Park for 9 days. Using a Port Angeles hotel as our base we traveled all around the Olympic Peninsula. On Sept 30th we flew from Maryland to Seattle arriving by noon we drove to Sequim had a quick meal and then checked into our Port Angeles hotel. On the same day we still had to time to drive to the Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park.


Above are some of my first views of the park were the birds and critters. The American Robin, Red-breasted Nuthatch,  Gray Jay, one of my Washington state lifers the Varied Thrush, the black-tailed deer and a chipmunk.



Our shadows on the trail..The subalpine forest is a transitional zone where trees grow smaller due to the weather.


The sign above list some of the mountain peaks, the highest summit in the park is Mount Olympus at 7980-foot.


Above views from the Hurricane Ridge visitor center and the overlooks.



The hazy international view from the trail is the city of Port Angeles, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria British Columbia.


Views of some pretty reds on the mountain side and the subalpine firs.


The Red-Breasted Nuthatch one of my favorite birds, it has been a few years since seeing one in my yard. I hope you enjoyed this visit to Hurrican Ridge and the Olympic National Park. I have so many photos from our trip and visit to this park. Thanks for visiting my post and as always I appreciate your comments.

Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
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Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Sue for hosting Wordless Wednesday
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

103 comments:

Lynne said...

Looks like another lovely vacation trip . . .
I liked the shadow pic too!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh what a lovely trip - how nice that you got to visit our part of the country - the scenery here is just fantastic and you got some great photos.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a beautiful place! The nuthatch is very pretty

Margaret Adamson said...

Such beautiful light you have shot all these lovely photographs. The views are outstanding. Love the birds and the collages. Have a great week Eileen.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! Looks like you had a great time at the park.

✿ chica said...

Um show de fotos !maravilhosas!Adorei! beijos, chica

b.."E"..th said...

we loved our trip to Olympic National Park, can't wait to share our shots too. you are too fun, always going there after us, we need to hook up and meet one time , plan something a bit together. ha. ha!! love your bird shots. the chipmunks are every where, aren't they? ( :

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

What a beautiful place.

(I need a road trip)

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful views and beautiful animals! I like very much the shadow photo.
The trail looks very inviting. It would be lovely to try it with a mountain bike... but I know both the climbs and the descents would be too steep for me. :)
Have a great week ahead!

Sandra said...

Love the tall skinny trees and the awesome views. also love the shadow people. LOL.. deer and chipmunks, oh my how i would like to see them in real life. your header is gorgeous

Tom said...

What gorgeous country! I like the shadow shot.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful vacation. And glad you made it to the beautiful PNW! Such a gorgeous park and as always you see everything there is to see and photograph it beautifully. Looking forward to more!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Very romantic photo of your shadows! Your mosaic photos are very fantastic too. Thanks for sharing.

NC Sue said...

Great shots!
Hope you'll come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-little-bit-squirrelly.html

Gail said...

Oh, to travel and see such beauty...

Mary Hone said...

Since we are now in Washington, and will be for a couple of months, this is so on my list of places to see. Thanks for the photos.

ak-ut said...

great shots and trip, thanks for sharing and happy week :-)

Gwen said...

that trail looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Charlene N.K. said...

Aw, another wonderful series of photographs!

Snap said...

I love the Pacific NW. Your beautiful post makes me want to go again!

DeniseinVA said...

Glad you got some great captures while in one of my most favorite areas in the U.S. Thanks for sharing them and have a great week.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Just gorgeous! YAM xx

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this wonderful park, the sunshine, the birds, the animals, the trees, the landscape. Gorgeous !
Have a great week ahead.
Best, Synnöve

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and scenic place with lovely birds.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots and so sunny!

Marie C said...

Welcome back! Oh what an incredible trip! Gorgeous views! I am so happy you went to this beautiful part of the world and can now share it with us.

Small City Scenes said...

You came to Washington---YAY!! Glad you had a good time in a fabulous area. The Red breasted Nuthatch is one of my most favorite birds.
MB

Stephanie said...

You captured some breathtaking views.

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Hi! Nice to see your lovely photos! I just love that mountain wiew! Happy new week to you too!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Wonderful photos! It was a very pretty park you visited. I like your shadows :)

Have a nice week!

Kerry said...

One of the longest and most spectacular backpacking trips I've been on was in the Olympics, and we walked along Hurricane Ridge. Just simply gorgeous.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Another wonderful vacation area with your hubby Eileen. We have the red, and white breasted nuthatches that visit the feeders, cute little birds.

rupam sarma said...

Amazing photos and great views

Linda W. said...

Oh yeah, Hurricane Ridge is awesome (as is the entire ONP) Did you see any of the friendly deer?

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures of a truly beautiful place and one of my favorite places to go!! Thanks for sharing, as always! Hope you have a great new week! Enjoy!!

Cathy Keller said...

What dazzling views and beautiful photos!! Thank you! Have a wonderful week!

Giga said...

You are visiting beautiful places, watching stunning views and meet interesting animals. Bravo :). Regards.

Fun60 said...

So much to see, photograph and enjoy on your latest venture.

Photo Cache said...

You captured the sights and critters of PNW so beautifully. Hoped you enjoyed your trip.

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Cloudia said...

We SO enjoy your sharing, Eileen!







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Lowcarb team member said...

Some lovely photo's again Eileen, so many special memories. I really like the one with your shadows in ... a little different.

Hope this week goes well for you.

Welcome Back!

All the best Jan

TexWisGirl said...

i think the shadow shot needs to be framed!!

Our photos said...

Wow, that is a beautiful place !

The happy wanderer. said...

It's a great place to visit and I enjoyed seeing
Olympic N.P. at a different season to when I've visited, Eileen.

Merlesworld said...

Looks like a lovely place, great air I bet.
Merle...........

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, you always have some wonderful bird photos to share, and the deer are lovely. The shadows are intriguing.

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

What a fabulous trip Eileen...such sights to remember for a lifetime.

Happyone said...

A beautiful place. Couldn't pick a favorite.

Country Gal said...

Beautiful photos . Looks lovely there with all that wonderful scenery . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

ellen b said...

How nice to see you in my state, Eileen. Hurricane Ridge is amazing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You captured some beautiful views and living creatures. Looks like another wonderful vacation for you. Thanks for sharing with us.

Michelle said...

That shadow picture is my favorite. Nicely done!

Missy George said...

Looks like a lovely place to visit. I have never been to Seattle or the far northwest part of our country. . I've always wanted to go to the Canadian Rockies but that probably won't happen. Thanks for sharing all your travels. I always enjoy your pictures.

Laloofah said...

Gorgeous photos of my new favorite National Park! We just moved out here to the Olympic Peninsula from WY in July, and love it!! Visited ONP for the first time a couple of weeks ago and hiked to the top of Hurricane Hill - probably nearly bumped into each other! I took a skajilion photos, shame I don't seem to have any desire to blog anymore. Maybe soon... Anyway, glad you had a great trip (and great weather!) Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

Al said...

The Olympics are the first real mountains I ever remember seeing, back in the 1980s. Thanks for the memories!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip, Eileen. Great shots!
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genie said...

well, this is a first. Buddy and I can actually say ...we have been there. We really loved seeing your pictures. A gorgeous part of the country.

Debby Ray said...

What fabulous trip this must have been. I have been admiring your beautiful captures on facebook too!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Beautiful scenes - looks like you had lovely weather. So nice to see you visiting my neck of the woods :)

vivi ka said...

As i can see from your photo here and on facebook it must be a wonderful place to visit. Welcome back and i am looking forward for more photos! Have a great new week ahead!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks Eileen for sharing your wonderful trip!
Have a great week.
Wil,
ABCW Team.

jandi said...

looks like a fantastic park to visit! have a beautiful day!

bettyl-NZ said...

Lovely scenery!

Lea said...

A wonderful series of photos!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!! The birds especially.

Mary Cromer said...

It is so nice being able to view your shares from Olympic NP. We drove all the way out 2 years ago, only to have the government Shutdown going on and never got in. It was a five day long ride and then that hit... Your images are lovely Eileen~

Bob Bushell said...

Precious images Eileen.

Tamara Zauberpalme said...

Wonderful captures. Thank you for your visit. Have a good week.

Rose said...

Gorgeous views...love that you included your shadows in the shot.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a beautiful fall destination!

Katarina said...

Such a fantastic landscape!

magiceye said...

Beautiful captures as always!!

J said...

What is fascinating is the contrast between epic, sweeping views of mountains and trees, and then the zero-in pictures of the little chipmunk and other mini creatures who live there. The nuthatch is my favorite - there's something very similar between the little guy and the branch he's perched next to! Similar textures and color - "Is that you, grandpa?"

Ana Freire said...

What a lovely place!
Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful images, Eileen!
Have a great week ahead!
Kisses!
Ana

Laura. M said...

Wonderful landscapes. Nature is pure beauty in your photos. Eileen.
Besos.

carol l mckenna said...

Another wonderful trip with more fantastic photography!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Nancy Chan said...

Eileen, the photos are simply gorgeous. The place beautiful with stunning view from the trail.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Eileen,
What a spectacular trip! The views, the photos the mountains.
My heart truly belongs to the mountains!
Missed you!
Jemma

Andrew Fulton said...

A wonderful post Eileen xx

Birgitta said...

Wow! More beautiful nature photos from you!

Karen S. said...

Hello Eileen, welcome back and I too have just returned! Love all the views, and the shadows are sweet, as is the bird in a tree!

Kathie Brown said...

Eileen, what a nice trip! I would love to bird this place! Nice pics and info. Thanks!

Tomoko said...

Hello,Eileen!
Your photos are simply gorgeous.I like to see your shadows.Good! You had a wonderful trip!
Have a good new week.

Kalantikan said...

Hi Eileen, i would love to see those amazing landscapes even if i will not even see a bird! haha

janiceadcock said...

Eileen, such beautiful photos of your adventure.

Rambling Woods said...

So nice that you and hubby are on the same page so that you can go and enjoy the same things on a vacation.... Perfect nature trip....Michelle

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Glad you saw this gem of a park. I went there once but I was about ten years old so I don't recall a lot of that trip. I sure do like the picture of the Red-breasted Nuthatch. Have a fantastic Wednesday tomorrow!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

WOW! I'd love to visit this park, Eileen! It looks like it has spectacular vistas and natural beauty. We hope to visit both Oregon and Washington states one day. The nuthatch is very sweet!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:)So glad you enjoyed your vacation and took these fab photos It's exhilarating to see so many beautiful nature shots.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

It is a beautiful spot. I lived in Washington many years ago.

Captured By Jade said...

It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful trip - such beautiful sights!

I really love shadow pictures, like the one with you and your partner, I think they're a fun portrait almost.

Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

Debbie said...

your love for nature really shines through in this post!! my favorite image is your shadows, chuck and i do that all the time!!!!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that is a great looking place. Loved to see it and hope to see more :)

Poppy said...

Gorgeous photos, Eileen of your trip; how I love seeing the mountains and all the beautiful landscape around them. Lots of fall colour, here, and the American robin is a childhood favourite of mine!

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful rest of the week.

Poppy

diane b said...

Beautiful views and trails. Glad you had such a good time.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a wonderful trip! The scenery is just breathtaking. Aren't you glad you didn't have to drive from Maryland to Washington! Lovely way to enjoy the fall season.

Liz said...

Wow! What a fabulous place to explore. The views are breathtaking! You've captured some gorgeous birds too Eileen.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, An especially great post, considering you were right in my backyard! :-) Thanks for visiting my part of the world. I enjoyed your post and pictures and most of the comments here ... looks like lots of folks love the Pacific Northwest and have visited, or want to. Hope you got to spend some time in Seattle and, if so, I wonder if you got up to Kerry Park ... that's the place where you can look out over the city skyline. If you got there, you were only a couple of blocks from my place. Take care Eileen!

The Yum List said...

That's a chipmunk! I've never seen one in real life - only in cartoons. :-)

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Amazing sights, the place is so beautiful!

NC Sue said...

This would be a wonderful place to view God's creation!
Thanks for sharing online, and I hope you'll link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-little-bit-squirrelly.html

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hello Eileen, I'm so happy you had a good trip! Next time, you will have to travel just a little farther and come to Vancouver. It would be a lot of fun to go for a walk and see our neck of the woods through your eyes. So many things to love in this post.. your shadows on the trail were delightful and the Varied Thrush is one I haven't seen for a long time. I've never seen the Grey Jay, and for some reason, chipmunks have been few and far between along our usual haunts. I think it has been a few years since we've seen one. Loved the black-tailed deer too. Anyhow, wonderful scenery and very pretty critters, all! Must add that your comment pointing out that there were Pelagic Cormorants alongside the Double-crested Cormorants was especially appreciated. I had completely missed that. We don't see the Pelagic ones very often, although I probably miss more than I realize.

September Violets said...

You had beautiful blue skies for photographs on your trip! Wonderful shots of the mountain range. I'll have to keep this park in mind when I head west again. That varied thrush is quite a colourful bird! I keep seeing a nuthatch here in my yard (Ontario), and I'm sure it's the red-breasted variety. Never have my camera out when he's visiting though!
Wendy