Sunday, October 18, 2015

Olympic Nat'l Park

 From now on to save time I am doing one post for all. I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week. 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.


On the first morning of our Washington trip I stepped out of our hotel room and looked up to a clear sky and a pretty view of the moon. My previous post on the Dungeness Spit was on the afternoon of this same day. With this post, I am going backwards on this day. After hearing so much about dreary weather conditions in this area I was ecstatic to have a first full day of clear skies and pretty weather. On this morning we drove back to the Hurricane Ridge area of the Olympic Nat'l Park and one of hubby's favorite places in park. His favorite spot as of this day!


A lovely shot of the moon on the first morning of our trip. It was awesome to see the clear skies.





A view of the visitor center and the glacier or snow topped mountains in the distance.


Above some of the scenes from the Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park.


I think I see some tracks in the snow/glacier at the top of the mountains. The tracks could be from humans or the mountain goats?


For NF Trees I am sharing the birds were decorating the pines and fir trees at the ridge. Above top row, a Raven or is it the Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robins. Bottom Row is the Golden Crowned Kinglet, and the Golden-Crowned Sparrows.






The Golden-crowned Sparrow was seen outside the visitor center at Hurricane Ridge.


We saw 5 or maybe 6 Blue Grouse, they may also be known as the Sooty Grouse crossing the road on the way to the Hurricane Ridge.


I had to stop the car to let the Grouse finish crossing the road. There were 3 in the middle of the road and two or three already in the grasses on the side of the road. A cool sighting, but it was not my first time seeing these birds. Since we were the only people and car around we enjoyed the sighting and let the birds calmly walk across the road. They did not seem to be in a hurry.


Hubby and I hiked on the trail to Sunrise Point.


Another shadow shot of hubby and I.  Hubby is waving hello to you all.
The views were fabulous! I hope you enjoyed our visit to Hurricane Ridge and the park. I will have more photos and post to share on other parts of the Olympic National Park.  Always I appreciate you visits and nice comments. Thank you! Have  a happy day and new week ahead!

And special thanks to Donna for sending me the Obedient Plants and for sweet hubby doing the planting.


Thanks for visiting my post and as always I appreciate your comments.

Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Mersad for hosting Through My Lens.
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
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

91 comments:

Stephanie said...

Loved seeing all these wonderful images! Have a great week!

rupam sarma said...

Truly Amazing pics
Thanks for sharing.

Margaret Adamson said...

a wonderul of photographs Eileen. The view are amazing and I loved seeing all the birds. Have a great week

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fotografias fantásticas minha amiga.
Gostei.
Um abraço e boa semana.

✿ chica said...

Lua maravilhosas e todas as fotos também! Ótima semana! bjs, chica

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Good decision putting all in one... I gave up on memes as just don't have the time! Surely do love visiting yours though, and your entries in others. What a wonderful trip... the road must be generally quiet if the grouse feel then can cross at any time!!! YAM xx

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful photos and mosaics, Eileen! Many different topics and all so interesting and beautiful. The moon shot is beautiful, but the photo of the snow/glacier is my favourite! :)
Have a lovely new week!

Linda said...

Beautiful and captivating series, Eileen! I love your talent!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What a lovely place...I can't wait till I get to see it in person- it's on my list.

Tom said...

Wonderful images of beautiful countryside!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ohhh...I miss mountains

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Hi Eileen! Your moon picture is fantastic! I love your nature pictures too. It Would be awesome to see those mountains in real. Wow! Happy mosaic monday!

Gayle said...

All so crisp and clear! I really like the highway/duck collage. Happy Day.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Ah Eileen, smart to condense and combine. I am always amazed at the moon shots you capture and wonder if any of those footprints in the snow on the mountain could be Bigfoot? :-)

Florence said...

What a beautiful place for a hike! I've never seen the Blue/Sooty Grouse before! The moon photo is spectacular too!

DeniseinVA said...

Great pictures. Your moon shots are always impressive and love the birds, especially the Blue Grouse as I have never heard of that one before. Spectacular scenery. Thanks Eileen and have a great day.

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, awesome photos of the mountains, and I do like the shadow picture!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous hike! I like the shadow shot of the two of you. Love the grouse too! Hugs!

Debbie said...

those mountains are just lovely....the blue and hues, so pretty!!

your moon shots are unmatched, i can't get anything close to that!!!!

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

awesome! luv this area do much, hope 2 get there again soon. ( ;

Lynne said...

Beautiful Eileen . . .
Loved the Grouse taking a stroll across the road and you letting it happen!
And the blue sky . . . moon . . . lovely!

Charlene N.K. said...

What a wonderful place to visit! I love the snowy mountains. And your critters are so interesting.

Mary Hone said...

What a neat place. I'm excited to get there and explore. I guess this time of year can be misty and foggy, that could be awesome too.

Ana Freire said...

A beautiful place to visit!... And amazing photos as usual!
Thanks for sharing with us, Eileen!
Have a great week!
Ana

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Beautiful moon and mountain, Eileen. How nice to be able to watch the grouse cross the road...so peaceful!
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Marie C said...

Wow! What an amazing trip! Your photos are just gorgeous! The moon is beautiful and the mountains are so breath-taking! And love those grouse crossing the road!

Missy George said...

Fantastic pictures..Such clear skies..Beautiful mountains and the glacier...Nice moon shot as well...

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Eileen, so happy to see these beautiful photos from my neck of the woods! So glad you had nice weather - Olympic park is notorious for its rain! Loved seeing all the different birds and the grouse. I'm going to the coast just south of there this weekend. Wish I could visit your beautiful neck of the woods...it's on my bucket list.

Sandra said...

i love the ridge with all the snow, gorgeous. and hurrican ridge sound romantic, like in a novel. or a movie. really like that last shadow shot

Rajesh said...

The views in the park are exceptionally beautiful.

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos Eileen! What an incredible viewpoint with stunning scenery in every direction !
Enjoy your week!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous moon shots and such lovely autumn light.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures of some very beautiful places!! The glacier is awesome!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty!! Hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!!

mick said...

All great photos but the views of the mountains around Hurricane Ridge are especially beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful area. love the moon shot, always. cute grouse strolling by.

Gayle said...

Oh my goodness, I saw you were from Maryland and then was surprised to see your post on the Olympic National Park. We were at the rain forest and the coast last weekend! You'll have to hop to my blog, and go back one for the photos of it. Your photos have motivated me to journey in a different direction and go see the sites I have not seen that you highlighted.
Have a blessed week, thanks for stopping by!
Gayle from Behind the Garden Gate

colleen said...

I almost hit a grouse the other day. The moon looks like a stone smoothed by the sea.

Our photos said...

Very nice !

The Yum List said...

That's a beautiful shot of the mountain top and I'm enjoying your moon pic too.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great shots of a beautiful area of our country. Love the views of the mountains. The moon shot is amazing. As always, I appreciate your sharing your travels with us.
Enjoy your evening.

carol l mckenna said...

Fantastic nature shots as always ~ overwhelming at times ~ All Wonderful!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Happyone said...

Wow what a great place to visit. Love your photos as usual.

Photo Cache said...

What a great trip that was.

Worth a Thousand Words

jeannettestgermain said...

Marvelous pics, Eileen! I understand - that's what I try to do with one post for the whole week for the whole memes. Otherwise I never would get back to my painting, or travel! Gain a few (minutes), lose a few clicks from people unfortunately.
Also, this week I decided only to log on to the memes/challenges where the host, or people reply. It was a hard decision, but there needs to be some reciprocity in blogging:):)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I like the picture of the Grouse. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

Michelle said...

That scenery is so gorgeous!

NC Sue said...

Great photos - and I appreciate having the opportunity to visit through your eyes.
Thanks you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/beach-walk-at-sunrise.html

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a perfect time to visit the Park! Beautiful pictures.... love the views, the wonderful Autumn color -- really everything about this post, but especially the beautifully decorated pine trees!

Felicia said...

love those mountain views.

Ida said...

Look at those awesome mountains, they are beautiful.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It really looks like you had a great time. My favorite part was you stopping for the birds as the lollygagged across the road.

Andrea said...

The views, as you said, are indeed fabulous, and your shots great. I am awed by photos of snowcaps, most specially because i saw them only from a distance in very few instances abroad.

Birgitta said...

Wonderful images! Have a happy week!

Indrani said...

Wonderful captures! You have presented them so well for the different themes.

Rhonda Albom said...

Beautiful spot. I had no idea there were glaciers in the contiguous US. That moon shot is spectacular. Very impressive.

BeachGypsy said...

very nice pictures! such beautiful scenery!

Ela said...

Great collection of photos !!
Greetings

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
waht a gorgeous photo of the moon !
This park is wonderful in the sunshine, but it seem´s to be cold.
Hope, all the birds have enough to eat.
Best regards, Synnöve

ann said...

Your photos are spectacular, Eileen. OMG. and the moon. Isn't it grand. The park is so wild and perfect. I am glad that you shared it. Hope you are having a good week.

EG CameraGirl said...

You have such wonderful outdoor adventures!

Barb said...

Stunning shots of a gorgeous landscape. I like the glacial snow!

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful shots and that glacier is amazing!

amanda | wildly simple said...

What a wonderful trip, beautiful scenery! Your moon shots amaze me.

podso said...

Your photos are amazing! Especially the moon. Hope you're having a good week!

Andrea Priebe said...

Beautiful pictures of a wonderful place. Glad to see the glaciers are still in tact as they are melting in California. Another wonderful series, Eileen ... and a wave back to Hubby :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Debby Ray said...

Wow...these views are phenomenal. Stunning photos!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a spectacular NP to visit, Eileen! The snow capped mountains looked so beautiful! It's nice to be one of the few on a road in a park like this so you can take your time driving and stop for photos and crossing birds--loved that photo!

Linda said...

Excellent photos. Looks like a great trip!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous views of the mountains! Have a great week, Eileen!

NatureFootstep said...

I actually love to see snowy mountain but I don´t really want to be in them :) Yet, soon I will.

Beth F said...

Gorgeous series!

Jodi said...

Lovely shots, from what looks like a great trip! Funny that you're in the northwest while I went the other direction to southern Florida! I have a lot of catching up to do, but stay tuned for more butterfly photos coming soon, once I'm back home.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful countryside, and I love the Blue Grouse.

Captured By Jade said...

What a beautiful spot! Your moon shot is amazing and the snow topped mountains are pretty stunning!

Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

Barb Brookbank said...

What stunning images!

Minoru Saito said...

Wow! The scenic photos are breathtakingly beautiful. I like your mosaic photos too. Thanks for sharing.

Phil Slade said...

Wow. What a place Eileen. No wonder it has become Hubby's fave spot. You had some lovely weather for your spectacular walks and equally beautiful photos. And Blue Grouse too - that's a new one on me. Thanks for those pictures and enjoy your week.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shots from "God's Country".
MB

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Eileen,
What a gorgeous journey and your photos show the beauty.
My Mother would say the same thing as the comment prior to mine-
"God's Country,"
Have a lovely afternoon,
Jemma

Rose said...

Oh, I so love the lighting in those pics with the grouse in the road. Not that they are nice to see, but the lighting just sets the mood.

diane b said...

I did enjoy my visit to the park. The scenery is magical. Great shot of the moon.

Phyllis Oller said...

What fun to travel & see all of those breathtaking sites! I think those tracks on the snow have to be made by the goats.Thank-you so much for sharing, & have a wonderful rest of the week! Phyllis

Lea said...

Love those mountain views!

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful place you have visited!
I loved the photos, especially the one of the snow-capped mountain and your awesome shadow shot.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Life Images by Jill said...

thanks for the visit to Hurricane Ridge and the Park, and for the map so I could orientate myself. We would love to visit Canada and the north America one day. I am currently reading "Wild" - have you read it?
Happy travels Eileen.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Sorry I'm a bit late visiting,...had flu all week. These are all fabulous shots of your hike in the park.I like the shadow shot of you and hubby:) and all the magnificent scenery, and birds. The Chestnut-backed chickadee and Bue grouse are new to me.

Stewart M said...

WOW! I have been to exactly that place! We had a great day exploring Hurricane Ridge - it was back in the days of film so I have about 4 pictures!

I would love to go back.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Karen S. said...

Gorgeous mountains, and the sunlight across the road is just beautiful. Interesting how the areas across our great country all have their own pros and cons about weather. Just viewing the hurricane area, very scary, but not something I live around, but tornadoes yes. Although ours aren't nearly as bad as some areas, I'm learning very quickly about tornado allies as well! Great photography throughout Eileen!

Lowcarb team member said...

Eileen, sorry I haven't been around before - it's been a busy week!
But what a lovely selection of photo's you've shared here. The colours are just brilliant and great scenery too.
That moon shot is lovely

Do hope your week has gone well.

All the best Jan

Uppal said...

How stunning all your pictures are!!!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wow Eileen... These are really breathtaking photos. I have never seen mountains like that in person..I always enjoy your moon photos. You do such a good job.. Michelle