Amanda and I went on a trip this past summer to explore Olympic National Park in Washington state. The park is vast and includes a wide spectrum of landscape including temperate rain forest, rocky coastline, and snow capped mountains. The diversity in the parks landscape is beyond anything I have ever seen before in my travels.
Green Cove – Pacific Northwest Trail
I chose to use film to photograph the park. As you can imagine, I ended up with a lot of images to scan, sort and edit. I am in the editing process right now, and plan to put up collections of photographs on my website organized by each type of landscape in the park. For example, the first collection will be composed of images taken in the Hoh River Rainforest.
Snowmelt Pond – High Divide Trail
It was hard to visual the diversity of the parks landscape until the trip started. We spent a day hiking in the Hoh River Rainforest, which was packed with ferns and moss-covered trees. The next day we hiked along the Pacific Northwest Trail on the coast and observed dense tide pools next to pillars of igneous rock bathed in mist. I was amazed that these places that differ so much visually yet exist so close together. I was inspired to call this new project Weaver because of how these landscapes exist together while composing the entire area of the park.
Over the summer, Amanda and I visited Olympic National Park in Washington. The park offers a very diverse landscape including temperate rain forest, rugged coastline, and snow capped mountains. I found it difficult to imagine a rain forest environment so close the tall mountains lined with glaciers, until we visited the Hoh River Rain Forest. The Hoh River is a glacial river with a milky blue color that looks like Gatorade. I just looked up the flavor of Gatorade that best resembled the color of the river. The closest match to the color of the Hoh River is appropriately named “Frost Glacier Freeze”. Say what you like about the beverage, however you cannot deny accuracy like that in a product name. What a great way to introduce work by comparing a natural wonder to a sports drink, I know. Needless to say, our time in the Hoh River Rain Forest was nothing short of spectacular.