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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
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
art sculptures. The University Section has some neat
Grand Canyon of the Stikine - The road from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek
Riverside State Park
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.
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