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The best time for wild flowers along the west coast of Washington most years is last week of July thru the first week in August.

Rialto beach is great for sunset photos.  For sunset silhouettes of sea stacks try La Push and Second Beach near Rialto. For Second Beach you will want to get there early before sunset to secure a parking place and to have time for the hike in. You will also need a flashlight to hike out in the dark. Ozette and Ruby beach for sunrise.  Also try First beach near La Push

Sol Duc Falls

Hoh Rain Forest is great on a cloudy day there is also Elk.

Marymere Falls

Hall of Mosses Trail

Queets Rain Forest

Quinault Rain Forest

Bogachiel Rain Forest

Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles has some great alpine vista shots and wildlife.

Crescents Lake.

Cape Flattery at sunset.

Ruby Beach by the Hoh River is great for sunset.

Olympic Park National Park is always great.

Bogaciel River State Park nice old growth rain forest

Dungeness Spit

Hurricane Ridge

San Juan Islands- San Juan Island has lighthouses (cattle point ) as do many of the other islands.  In the morning there is fog. 

Port Townsend is great for whale watching and photographing.

Mount Rainier National Park has great scenic pictures, wild flowers and wildlife.

Mt. St. Helens

Lava Canyon area north of Mt. St. Helens has some great waterfalls also.

Skagit Valley In early spring try Mount Vernon where the fields are planted differently every year and the roads crisis-cross the fields.  Find a position that is to your liking with good lighting and interesting background. There is a festival in April and it would be best to go before it so to avoid the crowds.  You can also get up early and avoid the crowds. Drive to the top of best road, almost to Fir Island Road, there is a great place to get a bird’s eye view.  For sunset Mt. Baker and Shuskan are visible from some locations.  Try to line up with a barn with the tulips around it and the mountains in the background.  Early mornings you can get the works picking the tulips as silhouettes.  For Mount Shuskan sunset shoot it from the town of Snoqualmie and area get some small lakes or barns in foreground.

Skagit Bay has tidal mud flats with many shore birds

Loup Loup Pass near Winthrop.

Deception Pass Bridge is about 20 minutes.

Whitehorse Mt. in Darrington has some pretty dramatic shots right from the road for both sunset and sunrise.

La-Conner has an interesting bridge with fishing boats with the fog make some great shots.

Picture Lake near Baker, Artist point is great and Shuskan on a nice day is also pretty amazing.

Lots of eagles along the Skagit River.

Palouse Great farm pictures. Peak shooting seasons of Late Spring (Early-Mid June) for green/yellow fields, (Early-Late) August for Harvest Golden fields with lots of machinery. One day tour Wheel Barn near Union, Steptoe Butte State Park high easily accessed classic high vantage point for rolling hills etc, morning and evening shots to get shadow play, mist, and some really dramatic light, Round Barn on the way to Pullman from Colfax, early morning shot, walk up the tracks for a better vantage. University Farm and Palouse

There is a large abandoned farm just east of the town of Sedro Wolley.  Go north on Helmick Road a mile east of highway 9.   The farm was part of the state mental hospital where the patients used to live.

Whidbey Island has many photo ops.  Fort Ebey and Fort Casey lighthouses and old gun emplacements are also a good bet.  The deception Pass Bridge on Highway 20 makes a great shot.

There are many light houses around Seattle.

Kubota gardens and the University of Washington Arboretum.

Snoqualmie Falls is easy access (drive to the bottom).

Mt. St. Helens

Mount Rainier is an incredibly beautiful National Park.   The wild flowers are great if you hit them at the right time. Reflection Lake about one hour before sunrise

Snoqualmie Falls is usually quite spectacular this time of year; it's less than an hour east of Seattle.  

Steptoe Butte near the top at sunrise/sunset, get all kinds of shadow play, long lens, even 500+ is useful, but 300/400 with 1.4x is sufficient as well.

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Seattle Area

Seattle Pike Place Market, Fishing Terminal and Fishing docks, water front at night. Seattle skyline shots at Alki Beach in west Seattle, looking across the bay at downtown. Boeing field great flight museum. World Fair Site has some interesting things. Raptor Center Woodland Park Zoo, restored Union Oil Superfund site has interesting art sculptures.   The University Section has some neat buildings.

Grand Canyon of the Stikine - The road from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek

Riverside State Park

Sherars Falls

Fall Colors

Mt. Rainier NP, North Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowa Lake, Cascades Lakes Hwy, Santiam Pass, for scenery and color. Try the drive up to Indian Ridge fire lookout for an awesome view of the Cascade range plus gorgeous fall colors. Located on the Willamette National Forest.

McNary NWR

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