19 Feb 16. With the cancellation of an afternoon appointment and a break in the weather, we thought it might be the perfect conditions to pay a visit to Hurricane Ridge (located in the mountains I shared yesterday) so we checked the govt web site to make sure it was open (have chains available and plan to leave before dark it stated) and off we went. A nice drive all the way to the park entrance and a closed road. !@#$%^&* Nothing like govt to spend your taxes wisely!! So we turned around, took a lake road only to find that the lake was walking distance from the main park road and surrounded by homes which prohibited access to the lake, and followed that to its exit onto a county road returning us to downtown Port Angeles. At that point we thought we'd take the road paralleling the water and visit the Port Angeles Coast Guard Station, a location we had visited before but couldn't enter the station proper because we had folks with us lacking military I.D. Made it all the way this time and got to see what little there was of the station but more importantly got to capture some really neat cloud shots and a few scenic shots along the shoreline, at least one of which I'll share shortly. In the process we passed a couple of marinas which reminded us of Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard but which lacked the easy and friendly access to the finger piers. With that in mind, I thought a close up of the sculptures on the tower of the monument to lost fishermen that is the key element of the dock at the terminal might be in order. The sea life found in Puget Sound and SE Alaska adorn the monument and are so realistic that you would swear if they were removed and placed in salt water that they would immediately come to life. Those of you in the area owe it to yourselves to take in this site if you haven't already done so. Do it on a windless day so you can also walk the finger piers and shoot the reflections in the water while the fleet is in. It is a lot of fun and you can get some very interesting photos.
The base image was cropped, straighten a little and given some selective brightness adjustment to bring out the shadow elements some. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f /16.