May 25, 2015: Day 86 of 365 Daily Posts – Kalaloch Part II

Note:  I took a lot of images during the Kalaloch phase of our overnight trip, hence the separate posts to present the best.

When we left I limited myself to the Nikon Df and a single lens, the 28mm f3.5, to keep the photo gear to a bare minimum.  While there were times I would have liked to have a longer lens, having only one lens worked out quite well.

We made our reservation for one of the beach cabins, unloaded the car, made dinner reservations and resumed our walk.  By now, the overcast began to clear and by the time the sunset arrived, the skies were mostly clear and the remaining clouds made for a dramatic sunset, one of my favorite themes.

Storm driven drift logs against the base of the beach hills

Storm driven drift logs against the base of the beach hills

When we first starting going to Kalaloch and Ruby beach many years ago, we were astounded to see the thousands of drift logs that had been driven ashore by the various storms.  There are warning signs on each path leading to the beach against the dangers of moving logs during storms.  As you can see, the logs seem endless as you look down the beach towards the horizon.  Some years we’ve visited Ruby beach on multiple occasions (during the year) and each time we arrived, we were amazed at how the storms have rearranged the logs since our last visit.  While the Park service tries to keep paths leading from the hill top to the beach as “open” as possible, you will still have to step over or on many logs before you get to the “clear” portion of the beach.  When traversing the logs you have to be very careful as often the logs will shift under you.

More images from our walk….tomorrow I’ll post the last of the Kalaloch series.

Tree stump ground smooth by the ocean and finally driven ashore

Tree stump ground smooth by the ocean and finally driven ashore

Pine framed by drift logs

Pine framed by drift logs

Finally, the overcast is breaking and the sun is coming out

Finally, the overcast is breaking and the sun is coming out

A crow accompanied us for a short while as we headed back to the lodge

A crow accompanied us for a short while as we headed back to the lodge

Solitary wind blown pine

Solitary wind blown pine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last of the Kalaloch series will be posted next.

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