My wife and I just got back to Los Angeles from a 2 week road trip back up to Seattle. For those of you that follow my blog, you will remember my post from mid September of the thick smoke in Seattle that we experienced when we were up there then. Yes, we turned around in a couple of weeks and returned this time via car. The early September trip was a last minute one to help on a family matter. This trip we had been planning all summer to take a few days going up, stopping at Crater Lake and Hood River Valley in Oregon. On our way back down we went through Oregon and cut over to the coast to drive down the extreme Northern California Coastline through the many redwoods that populate that geography. So for the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of my favorite captures from our trip.
I’m starting this week with two captures of Marymere Falls located in the Olympic National Park which is on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. This was an awesome day trip we did with our two daughters and their husbands that live in the Seattle area. We took one of the many ferries that connect Seattle to the surrounding islands and the peninsula. From the arriving ferry port, we still had another 1.5 hour drive to the park.
There is so much to see and do with the many trails, etc, but my favorite one for the day was the attached two captures of Marymere Falls. The trail is just a quick 1.7 mile hike and ends with this 90 foot waterfall. There are two viewing platforms at different elevations to choose from. This first capture is from the lower platform and the second one is from the upper platform.
In keeping with a look from my last few posts depicting peace and serenity, I have attached an art print called Garden Waterfalls. The setting is in Issaquah, Washington (eastern suburb of Seattle). Taking this scene, I used an abstract watercolor technique that simplifies the actual shape of the detail in the trees, bushes and waterfalls. This allows the eye to take in the entire perspective of this scene without getting lost in the many details that make it up.
Just a relatively short drive east of Seattle on Interstate 90, up into the Cascades and past North Bend, Washington is Franklin Falls. Hiking the trail to Franklin Falls is a relatively easy day hike. The entire trail is 2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of only 400 ft. The trail follows the south fork of the Snoqualmie River just below Snoqualmie Pass. As the trail skirts the river canyon, you are treated to beautiful views of the river below with its mountain stream pools and rapids. As you reach the falls, the trail cuts out of the woods and descends into the canyon. The falls are located at the high end of a box canyon. There are actually three falls dropping a total of 135 feet with the last fall (the only one visible from the trail) comprising 70 feet of that total. The first shot gives you a good perspective of the last waterfall dropping into the canyon.
Franklin Falls 1
This second shot focuses on the waterfall itself…
Franklin Falls 2
…and this last shot was taken by just turning around from the prior capture and looking down the rugged river canyon. You can tell it’s a popular spot with the number of people enjoying this incredible display of nature’s beauty.
Franklin Falls 3
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