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The 3 Faces of Olympic NP

When I prepare to go on a photo workshop, a lot of things pop into my head. Foremost for me, it is about putting my trust into the hands of almost complete strangers. These instructors hopefully will embrace and nurture this trust. They will not only be my guide and compass but, also teach by example. When far from civilization they have to become my sole “go to” medical guys, and more important, social workers to  a bunch of seemingly needy adults. Being a weather predictor, with a little help from the gods, is also an excellent work related skill, although I for one would probably pay extra for the latter.

The three faces of Olympic NP that I encountered on my photo trip with Joe Rossbach and Ian Plant… two of the best social workers (a.k.a.photographers) in the business… were the beach,mountains and rainforest. ONP was so diverse from parks I had visited in the past that, it was easy to get distracted. I learned early on if you keep an open mind and invest 100% of yourself, the returns can be very rewarding.

My biggest obstacle I thought, upon viewing photos from the park, was the rainforest. At first sight, the word, busy and chaotic came to mind. But after immersing myself in the many different floras and types of vegetation, I found I could make sense of the patterns and rhythms of this seemingly prehistoric landscape. I am still amazed and impressed by how this environment can mold maple trees into curved frames for photo compositions. Getting around and setting up equipment can be a challenge. The end product, when you press the shutter, is instant. Seeing your creation on the screen, you can almost forget the “rain” in rainforest.

The next face in this trilogy was the mountains. Luckily we were able to drive up to Hurricane Ridge, which by its name is indicative of wind,rain and unpredictable weather.  Here is where the “weather gods”, and my willingness to pay extra comes to mind.  My ascent was met with, dare I say again, “rain” and clouds. But as we reached the peak, the rewards for waiting were jaw dropping. Clouds were now above and below in the valley. The sun broke through and painted the peaks in golds and rust. I could not stop taking photos. When I did pause, the beauty was breathtaking. My final parting shot, while driving down the pass, was a small black bear that was feeding on the hillside. Future note to self… make sure not to block a bear’s exit when he wants to cross the road!

The third face in this journey was “the beaches”. Our group saw many beaches,from the easily accessible to the more rugged and somewhat challenging. Sea stacks and more sea stacks came in every shape and size. Some were hidden in shadows and mist, only to be revealed by long exposures. Others presented gaps and holes to let rays of the setting sun come through. I found out early on that, tides control access to these wondrous places. The tides also can hamper a quick exit. Tidal pools were deceptively inviting. While many starfish and anemones invited us to come closer, they remained protected by very slippery and jagged rocks.

There was a final face to this journey. It was the transition of a complete stranger who, by the end, became a true companion. I was blessed to be partnered with someone who I could exchange ideas,thoughts and creative visions. Someone whose voice and face will resonate with me throughout my future journeys. What adventure wouldn’t be more enriched than one that is blessed by the face of true friendship.

Link to Olympic pt.2.

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157 responses

  1. The first photo looks like a dream, only it’s real. Amazing shades of colors, the shades and textures, the dramatic landscape and more. Breathtaking my friend….

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    January 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

  2. Blood-Ink-Diary

    Mike, thanks for your lovely thought on my blog – always a pleasure to hear from you!
    This is a wonderful photo compilation – it’s sublime, indeed.

    Please take more photos as I would like to see your thought process these days….:)
    Feel blessed to know you as part of my journey! keep clicking!!! And, keep in touch. Cheers.

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    January 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  3. As I’ve said before, your pictures are poetry to my eyes, I wish I had one-tenth your talent
    Beach bum I am, the starfish photo was my favorite.
    Welcome to the New Year!!!!!
    Andrea

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    January 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    • As your writing is to mine… all my best in 2012.!!!

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      January 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

  4. Mike,
    I’ve just paid my first visit to your site, following a link from Philip Vergeylen’s, and I’m happy that I did. My favorites are ONP 11, 13 (would love to see a close crop with only starfish in it), and 21, and also Ricketts Glen 8. Congratulations on some very nice work.
    Krikitarts

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    November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

    • Thanks Kriki…. close crop… will do. I am glad you looked close enough to suggest some different perspectives on the subject. Love #8 also…had to get wet for that one.

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      November 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

  5. Just wish to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

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    November 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    • Wil … really glad you found my blog and liked it. Far from an expert, just a hobbyist. I try and post twice a month so stay tuned.

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      November 5, 2011 at 2:07 am

  6. You see the world in the most beautiful way! I have never been into art or photography but this is just incredible! Absolutely breathtaking! Keep up the amazing work

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    September 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    • Thanks for looking… sometimes I get a little quirky when shooting. I find different angles and post processing very intriguing. Very much enjoyed your comment… my next post will be soon.

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      September 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    • Thanks for your comment. I love post processing and different angles… next post coming soon. Mike

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      September 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  7. Discovered your blog on Freshly pressed..
    Surprising post, I am delighted! I enjoy it.

    hiit

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    August 31, 2011 at 7:50 am

    • Thank you for stopping by and I am happy you enjoyed it.

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      September 4, 2011 at 12:26 am

  8. Great article …Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.

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    August 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    • Thank you …I will try and post 2x a month. Glad you liked all the info.

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      August 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

  9. Wow, great photos… thanks for bringing us along for the trip! 🙂

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    August 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    • Thanks MacKenzie for looking. Love the eye of the horse close-up on your blog!!

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      August 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

  10. Absolutely enchanting! Thank you for sharing your talent!

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    August 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • Thanks for the comments and I love your travel blog!!!! The ride up the Mecong and the cargo ship story were eye opening.

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      August 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  11. This photo is amazing. I’m just starting out in photography so I hope I can take pictures like this soon. Thank you for the inspiration!
    -Linda

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    August 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    • Never fear Linda, the photos will come when you least expect it. Just keep snapping and try not to force the moment. Thank you for your comments.

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      August 7, 2011 at 2:48 am

  12. Great pictures of a beautiful place. I discovered my love for the outdoors and backpacking on my trips through the Hoh and the Olympics.

    http://athike2011.wordpress.com

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    August 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    • Chris … thanks for the comments. No rainforest’s in Jersey. Just got back from the lake region in th eAdirondacks,NY. Will post soon. Love your hiking blog.

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      August 7, 2011 at 2:46 am

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  14. Love the pics. Very thoughtful composition and interesting subjects. Thanks for sharing them withh us.

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    August 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    • Hey boys… thanks for the comments. I am still working on my writing voice. Love your site and insights on cars!!!

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      August 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

  15. Great night shot!

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    August 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    • Thanks… are you ready for this secret. It’s actually the sun. The cameras shutter shut down when facing into the sun and under exposed the shot. Don’t feel bad… the people on my trip asked me when I had time to shoot the moon as we were together the whole time 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

  16. Your photos are so lovely! What an amazingly beautiful park it is! And the contrast from the lush rainforest to the expansive beaches to the breathtaking mountains! Thanks for the photos!

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    August 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    • Kathy … glad to be of service. What a cool blog you have!!!

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm

  17. Cool moon photo, congrats on being FP! The Olympics are amazing and so wild. It is a stunningly beautiful place no matter the weather. Nice photos and hope to see more! Eric

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    August 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

    • Eric you have a new fan… me. Saw your site and signed up. Comments from a fellow photog mean a lot. Keep posting and I will do the same.

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

  18. beautiful pictures! pictures like this are so refreshing and inspire me so much.. the 1st 1 is exceptionally beautiful.. 🙂

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    August 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    • Thanks for the comments. That first shot was almost missed as I suddenly looked back and bingo!

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  19. Barbara

    First of all my favorite is the first picture. I believe you really hear your inner voice such beautiful expressions could not happen without knowing yourself and hearing your voice.

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    August 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

    • Hey Barb… that first pic was almost caught by accident. I was looking away from the sun(moon) and decided to listen to that lil voice on my shoulder. Always take a look back. Bingo …. fired of 3 frames and I am still hearing voices 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    • Hey Barb… can you do me a favor. I posted a reply to your comment on the site. I am hoping it comes directly to you. Let me know if it does. Mike

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      August 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      • Barbara

        I usually get you blog notices in my school email. I got the notice for the posting of the pictures but not your reply.

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        August 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  20. Great photos I could have used your talent on my trip.

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    August 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

    • Pay me with food and a place to crash and I will be there. Be careful what you wish for 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  21. Esta imagen me recuerda la silueta de la Piedra del Baikal, que es un sitio sagrado de los Chamanes de Siberia. Tanto en el hemisferio norte como en territorio austral la última estrella de la noche tiene un caracter significativo antes del amanecer, pues representa el instante rutual previo al We Tripantü.

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    August 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

  22. Ausgezeichnet, sehr gute Blog Freund, auch super olympic Fotos

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    August 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

  23. Great images, I wish I had that type of talent. Best of luck to you!

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    August 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

    • I couldn’t agree more, Xenia! 😉

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      August 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

      • Thats funny… you post in German to me and english to Xenia. Whats even funnier is that I was born in Germany and by the look of Xenia’s blog, she is Greek. 🙂

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        August 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    • Talent is nothing…. just develop an eye for what you want to express…”Visual Poetry”.
      Thanks for the comment, I will try and post 2x a month.

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm

  24. Nice!!

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    August 4, 2011 at 7:26 am

    • Thanks Matt. Hey super and refreshing photo site. “se magnifique”. Sorry about my french.

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

  25. What a beautiful blog you’ve got here… and your images are crisp, lovely. My favorite one (from this particular post!) is definitely the first one, showcasing the contrast between the deep blue and the clear moon light… simply superb.. congratulations! Raquel

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    August 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

    • Thank you for your beautiful comments Raquel. Judging from your blog, seeing the world is an understatement!!!!! One day I will get out of the country for a little bit 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

  26. This images a great. It shows how beautiful our world is 🙂

    Greets
    http://americanblood.wordpress.com

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    August 4, 2011 at 6:09 am

    • I’d like to think so Thomas. Thanks for the comments.

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm

  27. its nisce and wonderful picture ^-^

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    August 4, 2011 at 5:39 am

  28. Nice pictures and good shots.The scenery is beautiful,the fouth green photo is great.

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    August 4, 2011 at 5:38 am

  29. i would like to see more!!

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    August 4, 2011 at 5:35 am

    • More is coming… I would like to post 2x a month.

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:46 pm

  30. the picture is real…? it’s soooo beautiful and perfect… woooow!!

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    August 4, 2011 at 5:28 am

  31. beautifull shot ,iwant to go there someday!
    thank you for your shot~~
    Love the account of your photo journey. Both description and the photos are beautiful!

    http://www.27my.com/
    http://redrose.sensualwriter.com/

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    August 4, 2011 at 4:26 am

    • Thanks Basher… I am still trying to find my writing voice.

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

  32. beautifull shot ,iwant to go there someday!
    thank you for your shot~~
    http://www.27my.com/
    http://redrose.sensualwriter.com/

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    August 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

  33. Coast, mountains, forest… Perfect.

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    August 4, 2011 at 3:40 am

    • Pete I missed about 13 beaches, but will be back. Really like your blog and photos and signed right up. The wild parts of the UK is on my list!!!!!

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      August 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm

  34. Beautiful pics and congrats on being FP!

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:40 am

  35. Amazing work. I think I’m speechless. Almost. Great blog.

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    August 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

    • Thanks B.Jack… still trying to find my voice in this blogosphere!!!!

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      August 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

  36. Ant

    beautiful pictures, work of art.

    great read love the way you write.

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:52 am

    • Thanks Ant… writing is a bit new for me. Just trying to match my photo voice to my written one 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 2:04 am

  37. Thanks for showing off the beautiful plants we have here in Washington State, nice work!

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:29 am

    • Hey…glad to be of service. There be some scary looking plants in those rainforests. Not much scary flora in Jersey… just the traffic 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 2:02 am

  38. Awesome photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:27 am

  39. Nice post…blog walking

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    • Thanks… is that like sleepwalking except with a purpose 🙂

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      August 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

  40. your work is beautiful and inspiring!!

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    • Thank you for the inspiring part. What a refreshing blog you both started. One or both of you have an excellent eye for photos. Keep it going!!!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

  41. living on the olympic peninsula is such a blessing. thanks for you photos–they remind me again that i live in one of the greatest places on earth. congrats on being freshly pressed.

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    • Thanks Jamie… no argument here. I am from South Jersey… a lot of sand 🙂

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm

  42. What a beautiful collection you have put together here. From one wandering soul to another… Great work. You clearly have a respect for nature.. otherwise you would not have found yourself in the position to see such scapes! Fantastic.

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    • Thankyou.. nlvogs. I love the name of your blog and the explanation behind it. Your poem “Last Stand” really brought it home for me. Keep writing …PLEASE!!! I will continue to wander and post if you will 🙂

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  43. Beautiful photos!! Love your work:)

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    August 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    • Thanks Nathan… I hope to post 2x’s a month.

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm

  44. Olympic National Park is one of my most favorite places in the world. You captured its diverse beauty wonderfully through both words and photos.

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    • Thanks Kelsey and Ivy…It has taken me a while to express what I take pics of. I am happy you found the story enjoyable, it means a lot coming from a writer like yourself.

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm

  45. I’m greatful that I fell onto your photo blog, simply awesome!

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    • Chris… what a fantastic name for a photo blog. Love the concept you are trying to promote!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

  46. Wow, your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    • Thanks… and your blog is absolutely hilarious… in a good way. Be real and stay happy!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  47. You have some really phenomenal pictures. You clearly have at least some vague idea of what you’re doing, unlike your humble admirer.

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    August 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    • Don’t cut yourself short… you definitely have the eye. Your shot “I became a tree” tells a perfect story. Love it!!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

  48. Wonderful pictures!

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    • Thanks Anna…. had a great time. Really a lot to see and shoot.

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      August 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  49. check this out #photo

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  50. I love the beaches and Olympic mountains as well as huricane ridge. I haven’t quite made it to the rain forest yet, but I will someday. I’ve actually been waiting forthe new ferry to start running and now that it is I guess I don’t have any excuses. Thanks for the pics they really make me want to go back soon.

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    • For me… it was my first time and there are many more beaches I still have to discover. Next trip maybe the San Juan Islands 🙂

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      August 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm

  51. Gorgeous pictures!

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    August 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    • Thank you…glad to see a fellow traveler comment.

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      August 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

  52. Amazing photographs.

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    August 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    • wow.. top banget!

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      August 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      • Hey … thanks for the comment. I would love to know what is a “Top Banget!”? Translation please.

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        August 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    • August 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  53. amazing photographs! i’d love to see those sites myself. thanks for sharing!
    http://www.icouldntmakethisshitup.wordpress.com

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    August 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    • Hey Eva… thanks for the comment. Just do what I do and make a list and! then REALLY narrow it down… I do this for monetary as well as time constraints. I find your blog hilarious.

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      August 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

  54. So beautiful! I’m going to make the starfish my background.

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    August 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    • Thanks Nat… for some reason a lot more viewers seem drawn to that image. I know I was when I shot it. Feel free… background,brand,tattoo… put it anywhere 🙂

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      August 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      • melissakoski

        so funny

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  55. gorgeous photos!

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    August 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    • Thanks for the comment… love the Veg Lasagna on your blog. I too wish I watched more closely when my mother cooked.

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      August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  56. Amber's Attic

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos! ❤
    ~Amber

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    August 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    • Thankyou Amber… I feel more of a connection to a place if I share and write about it.

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      August 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  57. Wow… that’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    • Thanks for looking… will post other places in the future.

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      August 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  58. That top photo captures such incredible depth and beautiful colors…SPECTACULAR!

    🙂

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    • Thanks Mikalee…. that 1st photo was just one of those things where you are concentrating on whats in front of you and not the blazing sun. I just turned and shot into the sun 4 times and it turned into one of my favs. An instructor once told me always take a lil look behind…she was so right!

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      August 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  59. Beautiful photos!

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    • Mike it kind of goes together… 1st beautiful place, then beautiful pics. Thanks for looking.

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      August 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  60. Amanda

    Your photos are great and it brings me back to the time my dad and I went to Hurricane Ridge. So much fun!

    Amanda
    http://bullfrogsandbulldogs.wordpress.com/

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks Amanda, we had been rained out…fogged in for 2 tries and then bingo! It was an early morning shoot and the bear was a bonus on the way back down. Loved your “Chicken T minus” blog post… thanks for sharing.

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      August 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  61. truly amazing.. i really love your pictures.. you are very talented.. 😀

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    • Thanks for you comment. I visited your blog…WHOA!!! I read the 1st two poems and instantly signed up for your blog. I love poems, stories from the heart and personnel experiences. You truly have a gift that I will pass on to my group.

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      August 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      • OMG!! i am truly honored to hear you say that.. thank you so much.. and thank you for subscribing, i also subscribed to your blog because of your amazing photography.. 😀

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        August 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  62. you’re photos are beautiful

    -grace

    http://herumbrella.com

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    • Thanks Grace…. love your duck story!

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      August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  63. what amazing picture.. so beautiful.. you are truly talented.. 😀

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    August 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  64. Pingback: The 3 Faces of Olympic NP (via mikepillowsphoto) | Anchorage, Alaska

  65. I am totally an ametuer photographer. I just went to City of Rocks, Idaho and took some pictures. I would love some hints or suggestions, espcially on editing. Thanks for sharing!

    http://wordsmeanmorethanthat.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/when-god-has-free-time/

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    August 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    • Pickle…. the sepia pic at the beginning is the perfect leading photo. I really liked the pic with the climber at the top. Getting pics at the right time of day is key. I have found even on the worst days this could create a totally diff vibe to my photo…. most times in a good way.
      Editing can be a bear… both with the # of pics and which ones. I use LR3 and have found it to be a lifesaver. I make a collection, then go to the Library and 1 star all pics that catch my eye and then drop them in this collection. Here is the weird part…. I leave that folder alone for almost a week and then come back to it with fresh eyes. Hope this helps.

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

  66. I love your photographs and your post. As someone who is relatively new to photography (and who hasn’t had any formal training), it’s inspiring to see your work and to have you articulate some of the technical challenges that I’ve encountered in trying to capture landscapes. I should really consider attending a workshop. Thanks for sharing!

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    August 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    • Nod’n’smile… I like you comments. It took me a while to wrap my head around what and how I would like to shoot… still am learning and experimenting. As for workshops… it can be a crap shoot. Just because the instructor has fantastic pics, does not necessarily translate into teach-ability. I have listed only the workshops on my blog that I have found success with. I loved your Drive in post and noticed you have been to Iceland. That is next on my list but have to wait until next summer 🙂

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  67. Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing. Recently moved much closer to ONP…thanks for the kick in the pants to go visit!

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    August 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    • Lucky you…. I was there only 7 days and felt I only saw a fraction. A friend of mine Alex Moody just moved back there. You should check out HIS pics!!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm

  68. Love the photos!!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    August 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    • Thanks Ournote2self… thought your spider and kids story were hilarious and soooo true!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

  69. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics. So important to visit our National and State Parks. Congrats on being FP1

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    August 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    • Thanks Rene…. what a surprise on FP. The park was enormous, I have to get back and experience another fraction of it.

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  70. Such spectacular images! I’d love to go there one day 🙂

    http://tehcatspajamas.wordpress.com/

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    August 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    • Just do what I do …..plan and save, and maybe save a lil more. Loved your site and post on divers faces.

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      • Saving is a good way to do it.
        And thank you! (I love watching diving and I kind of hope that more collages like that one come out during the Olympics next year. Hehe!)

        What kind of camera do you use? I’ve started to dabble in photography a bit. It’s fun 🙂

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        August 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      • I use a Canon 5dmk2… and a 7d. The 5d is a full frame camera and the 7d shoots very fast… rodeo pics.

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        August 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  71. magnificent photographs!

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    August 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    • Thanks Beth.. really liked your blog. Israeli pics were really neat.

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

  72. Oh goodness…breath-taking photos, indeed!

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

    • Thanks Lindsay… and your blog post “A Dogs…” really hit home!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

  73. Love the account of your photo journey. Both description and the photos are beautiful!

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

    • Thankyou… coming from a talented writer as yourself that means a lot.

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

  74. Beautiful pics and congrats on being FP!

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    • FP was quite a surprise Harold… so much so I could not figure out what FP stood for 🙂

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

  75. The photo with the all of the starfish is stunning!! Beautiful colours and shapes. 🙂

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

    • PCC… it’s funny to me what pic draws people in and the starfish has won hands down. Your blog runs very true to me as I am not a prof photog but a full time teacher. Keep posting!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  76. stunning pics

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    August 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

    • Thanks Laura… really like the title of your blog!!!!

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      August 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  77. Jack Mroz

    That must have been one of your best workshops Mike. Joe & Ian are top notch. So much to take in in a limited period. I bet you want to return for more.

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    August 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

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  79. robin

    beautiful photography and wonderful thoughts from a remarkable place.

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    August 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm

  80. Bob McCaffrey

    Great Images Mike – as one who was lucky enough to be with you, I am in awe!
    You made peace with the rain forest – not easy.

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    August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  81. A great experience, Mike. Some striking images and a top level post.

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    August 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  82. stunning!!!

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    August 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  83. Mike these images of your journey are inspiring!! The beauty is breathtaking!!!

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    August 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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