Olympic Fog

Olympic National Park, WA encompasses almost a million acres, ranging from soaring mountain tops to temperate rainforests to the Pacific seashore. Within those acres are four distinct ecosystems, providing endless opportunities for exploration. The Pacific side of the park sees a substantial amount of rainfall, making the forests rich and lush. And plenty of rain provides one of my favorite opportunities: fog. Olympic Fog is one of those opportunities realized.

It had been raining for several days straight just before I made this photograph, so there was quite a bit of moisture in the air. Along with the moisture came the fog, and plenty of it. So much, in fact, that it was almost impossible to see through it and you had to watch your step. Fortune favors the bold, and so I trudged on, secure in the knowledge that if I couldn’t see it, it couldn’t possibly be a problem, right?

Before long I came to a ravine. I know this because although I couldn’t see far ahead, I could see down, and down was a steep descent into, well, somewhere. As I was standing on the edge, the fog lifted ever so slightly, just enough for me to make Olympic Fog.

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