My Personal Invitation To You
I personally invite you to begin your journey as a fine art collector. I will work with you every step of the way from the selection of a style and size of one of my Olympic National Park landscape photographs to the tracking and delivery of your print.
The end result will be photographic artwork that will add beauty to your home or office and become a cherished possession.
If you have any questions about the process, see my Q and A page or drop me a note on my Contact page.
Fine Art Print and Wall Art Options
My Olympic National Park landscape photographs are offered in the following styles:
- Lumachrome® HD Trulife® Acrylic Prints
- Exhibit Mounted Metal Prints
- Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints
Please see my Print Options page for complete details on these museum-quality prints. For illustrations in different rooms, please see my How To Choose page.
Need something different? Please contact me with the details of your request.
Visiting and Photographing Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park, in the northwest corner of Washington State, is off the beaten path compared to many of the other National Parks. It is also not as well known as parks like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. I think this is why I was delayed in my exploration and photography of this park.
The Park is spread over several different areas and ecosystems. This is great for both visitors and photographers. There is a wide variety of settings, activities, and things to do.
Before my first trip there, I did all the research that I could of locations, photos, sun angles, and tides. It was helpful, but it certainly doesn’t take the place of being there. Like anywhere I go for the first time, I tried to cover as much ground as I could on the first couple of days.
To work the rainforests and coastal areas, Forks, Washington is a good place to stay. This gives you access to both the Hoh and Quinault rainforests, along with all the coastal areas. It’s a little too far from the Hurricane Ridge area, and it’s best to stay in Port Angeles to visit that area of the Park.
Like any rainforest, the Hoh Rainforest is captivating. At the same time, I found it extremely difficult to photograph. I prefer to photograph medium to large scenes. While my eyes loved everything I saw around me, any attempt to shoot something other than a small, intimate scene came out looking very busy and confusing. This was not something I was used to.
The Hoh River Trail does have quite a few possibilities for intimate scenes in the forest. There are three different trails there, but the main trail, the Hoh River Trail, seems to be the best. Go early or late to avoid bright sunspots on the trees.
Although not in the Park, to the far northwest, the Cape Loop Road will take you to Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point in the contiguous United States. The views of the Cape Flattery Lighthouse are pretty impressive.
The coastal part of the Park begins with Shi Shi Beach at the far north end. It is a serious and slow scramble down a steep bank to get to the beach. Any real photography here would require camping overnight.
West of Forks, is La Push, Washington where you can find Rialto Beach. Unfortunately, one of the popular sea stacks that was here collapsed in 2017. Just south from there is Second Beach, which may be the most photographed beach of the Park. If it’s the right time of the year, you can capture the sun setting through a distant arch.
Further south is Ruby Beach. It’s an easy walk down from the parking lot. Although it doesn’t have some of the possibilities that Second Beach has, it is much easier to get to. It takes a little while to get there, but the Quinault Rainforest is worth a trip if you have the time. It is a different feel from the Hoh Rainforest.
Perhaps my favorite place in the Park is the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, which leads to Sol Duc Falls. The Sol Duc River has a variety of cascades to check out. Sol Duc Falls is a perfect example of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest waterfalls surrounded by lush greenery.
Also on the north side of the Park, there is Lake Crescent and the entrance to the Park that goes to Hurricane Ridge and Obstruction Point. This is a great place for mountain views and wild flowers in the early summer.
Olympic National Park is just one small part of what there is to see and do in Washington State. I hope my photographs will give you some ideas for your own photography.
Fun Facts About Olympic National Park
With nearly a million acres to explore, there’s more than enough to keep you busy at Olympic National Park. It was the 23rd to be designated a National Park in 1938 by Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt.
The temperate rainforests are packed with magnificent Sitka spruce, western hemlocks and Douglas fir trees. I can’t say I can personally tell them apart, but there is something very peaceful about walking through the lush, green forests.
Second Beach, Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach are great places to hang out. In addition to watching or photographing the sunset, there is some colorful sea life in the many tidepools.
In addition to the mountain views at Hurricane Ridge, you can spot the local wildlife, which include bears, mountain goats, elk, deer, marmots and various birds. Also at the mountain there are wintertime activities of snowshoeing, tubing and snowboarding.
I always stay in the town of Forks, Washington, used by author Stephanie Meyer from which to base her Twilight novels. The Twilight theme is everywhere in Forks. Logging is always going to be a part of the Pacific Northwest, and Forks is home to the Forks Timber Museum.
Throw in some fishing, backpacking, camping, boating and even some whale watching and there plenty to keep you busy. It is an amazing National Park.
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