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Winter Opens Snowy National Parks To Hardy Adventurers

Evening Blues And Pinks

Winter’s afterglow at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Thanksgiving brought a lot of snow to much of the country. This, in turn, gets one thinking about activities in national parks chilled by winter.

To read more about things to do in particular national parks that see the white stuff, click on the image above.

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Withstanding Time And The Elements In Zion National Park

Withstanding Time And The Elements

I may be an SLR gal, but I freely admit that point-and-shoots are great at capturing national park images, too. When I am out in the parks, I always carry one of my two little point-and-shoots in my pocket. They are not only backup in case the photographic unthinkable happens, but they are great at getting macro shots.
 
This photo of a ponderosa pine growing atop a cross-bedded red-rock knoll (probably a little lithified sand dune) and framed by other trees, was captured with my Canon GX7 MkII. While it’s not the most sturdy of cameras around the lens area (the dainty little shutter blades that made up the “lens cap” and opened and closed when the camera was powered on and off broke off when the camera accidentally fell out of my vest pocket. Thankfully, it still works and I purchased a push-on lens cap to protect the lens.
 
So, don’t knock the point-and-shoots. They produce some nice little images, too.
 
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The Bridge Over July Creek

The Bridge Over July Creek

When I visited Olympic National Park this past January 2019, the government shutdown was still in force, and the park entrance to the Hoh Rainforest was closed and blockaded due to heavy debris on the road with no ranger service to clean it up. I was aching to see some park rainforest (and wanted to get photos for my National Parks Traveler articles), so I drove south of Kalaloch about 27 miles to enter the park portion of the Quinault Rainforest. Not too far along the road after entering is a parking lot for a picnic area and short loop trail over July Creek. Nobody else was there that damp, moody morning, so I had the place to myself. I spent quite awhile photographing the creek and the greenery around it, just from my vantage point on that bridge in the photo. After a bit, I moved off and turned my camera and tripod toward the bridge. I also used the “silky water” technique to make the creek water look satiny. For those of you who might want to try this technique for yourself, you should have either a polarizer filter or a neutral density filter on your lens. Set your camera on a tripod and experiment with slow shutter speeds while keeping everything else set for good exposure. The dark tint of the filter allows you to smooth out the water while preventing overexposure of everything else.

I will be bypassing the Quinault Rainforest for my next Olympic National Park trip (which I start tomorrow), so I’m glad I was able to visit this particular area of the park earlier in the year.

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Ferns, Moss, Tree Trunks and Inner Glow

Ferns Moss And Tree Trunks
I’m pretty much all packed for my Olympic National Park trip. The camera batteries are charged. All I need to do now is pack up the cameras and lenses. Since I’m taking my own car, this means I can have that “kitchen sink” mentality and take whatever I want, because it’s better to have it and not need it, as opposed to needing it and not having it.
 
The thing about this national park’s rainforests is that there are so many different shades of green and so many different leaves and plants. And,there’s that sort of “glow” within the forest interior. It can be difficult to capture on digital “film,” but when you do, it’s something to be very pleased over.
 
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Sunrise Over Desert And Mountains

Sunrise Over Desert And Mountains

Big Bend National Park is out in a remote portion of southwest Texas. But if you can get there, then you won’t be disappointed with what you see. This national park is full of interesting volcanic geology and gorgeous landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Chisos Mountains. Sunrises are lovely here. This shot was taken right off the side of the road, not looking toward the rising sun, but instead, toward the mountains and desert which the winter sun gilded.

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Happy St. Pat’s Day!

A Scene Along Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail

A Green Scene Along Maple Glade Rainforest Nature Trail
Quinault Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I have here for your viewing pleasure, a very very green scene from my winter visit in Olympic National Park.

I’ve never been much of a fan of green. Well, that is to say, green is not my favorite color, actually, red is. But, the shades of greens within the rainforest and the play of light and shadow have given me a greater appreciation of this color, as well as of the rainforest, itself. The last time I visited this park was about 24 years ago, before I ever even knew what a digital camera was, much less owned one.

So, Happy St. Pat’s Day to you!

Corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage are in the crockpot for this evening’s meal. Maybe a little Irish whiskey afterwards, too. 😋😉

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Traveler Podcast Episode 4: I’m Interviewed In This Episode

Sitting Under The Tree Of Life

Sitting under the Tree of Life – at Kalaloch Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

The National Park Traveler’s Episode 4 weekly podcast is out, and I was interviewed for a short bit. I come after the Lionfish Invasion part. I learned quite a bit about lionfish that I didn’t know, including that they are good to eat.

As for my interview, full disclosure: for those of you who have visited Olympic National Park, I mentioned the Tree of Life at Beach 4 and it’s actually at Kalaloch Beach. My bad! I was *thinking* Kalaloch Beach as I was talking about the Tree of Life, but out of my mouth came “Beach 4.” I joked with the interviewer that this is why I like writing better than extemporaneous speaking – I can review and revise with the written word.

To listen to the podcast, click on the photo above to be taken to that episode.

Oh, and for those of you who have to suffer through the start of Daylight Savings Time, remember to move your camera’s internal clock forward one hour. For my Canons, I push the Menu button, then select the tab with the wrench icon on it and scroll down to Date/Time setting to turn on or off that little Daylight Savings icon.

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