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Sunrise along Edison Slough

Edison is a small town in NW Washington, not far from Puget Sound. Located in Skagit County, Edison is just north of the town, Bow, along Chuckanut Drive. Heading west, passing through town the Bayview-Edison Road zig-zags and soon comes to a cause-way type bridge over the slough.

Here is a series of images from sunrise, 11/23/2013 from both sides of the bridge. barn 1em Here is a barn along the way, on Farm To Market Road…

These next 4 images are from just before the sun crested the horizon…

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Once the morning sun’s rays arrived the scene changed, adding an entirely different light…
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Walking back and forth along the top of the bridge there is a lot to capture!
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These next two images are of the same boat, from opposite sides.
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Crossing the road and looking south west here is the view of water.
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Point of the Arches and Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park

I have camped at many places. Sometimes you find a spot with such beauty, such a personality that you fall in love.

Point of the Arches is one of those places for me. When the tide is out the beach stretches beyond the sea stacks. Wandering among the tide pools, excited to see what’s next, I am astounded at how much things change each time I visit, yet stay the same.

The sound of the waves, first muted and now roaring create a soundtrack that calms and thrills. The gulls and wind add their parts to the symphony.

A fire at night and the feel of sand and smoke.

The stars and darkness crashing.

Perched on the edge. Taking it all in.

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These boats are deserted, moored and docked along a small inlet from Samish Bay, part of Puget Sound in Skagit County, Washington. boat 11em

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Cypress Island

Visited Cypress Island this weekend. Took a few shots of the sun, moon and stars. Oh, and water and a few boats, too.
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Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham

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Morning at Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park

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Seagulls greeting the morning

Washington Park, Anacortes

Washington Park, Anacortes
Washington Park, Anacortes
Washington Park, Anacortes
Washington Park, Anacortes

Washington State 2013 Calendars

The New Year is almost here, and with the Mayan Apocalypse safely past (or so we all hope!) its time to get yourself a nifty calendar.

Here are 15 images of Washington State: from the North Cascades to the Olympic Coast; bears and balloons, tulips and glaciers, waterfalls and the Milky Way…all photographed in vibrant color…

Sequim Balloon Festival, Two Balloons, Full ReflectionBear on the Trail to Horseshoe Basin, North Cascades National ParkHorseshoe Basin, North Cascades National ParkTent and StarsLiberty Bell and North Cascades HighwayMount Shucksan, North Cascades National Park
Point of the Arches Sunset, Olympic National ParkWhat an awesome place! North Cascades National Park, Washington State, USAMount Challenger glacier, North Cascades National Park, WashingtonLiberty Bell from the Washington Pass Overlook, on the North Cascades HighwaySkagit Valley Tulip Festival 2012: ReflectionDaffodil Reflection, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
One Red and YellowAmpitheater Mountain Fall, Pasayten WildernessJust above Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park, Washington State, USA

2013 Calendar, a set on Flickr.

The Calendar is printed on thick (100#) White Linen Paper. The exact calendar size will be 12.5 x 18.5″. It is Wire Bound with calendar hanger.

The printing is magnificent, all of the images are very sharp.

The cost is $25.00 each with a $8.00 shipping cost (for shipping anywhere in the US, if you’d like it shipped overseas, email me for prices)

Send in your payments (checks or money orders only, please!) to:

Andy Porter
440 Nelson Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

The calendars will ship out within 24 hours of your order being received.

NOTE: The calendars are for sale in Sedro-Woolley at
The North Cascade Veterinary Hospital on Highway 20
The Sedro -Woolley Chamber of Commerce, located down town on Metcalf Street
Cook Chiropractic on 639 Sunset Park Drive
North Cascades National Park headquarters on Highway 20

Thank you!!


First Beach, Olympic Coast

The pacific coast along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State has several magnificent beaches. The weather is often unsettled and dramatic. Clouds and wind, crashing waves and stormy seas, its a feast for the senses.

There are several Native American towns there on the coast, Neah Bay to the north and La Push further south, west of the town of Forks. Both have resorts run by the local tribes where you can rent rooms and cabins and enjoy the scenery.

First Beach is part of the La Push Resort. The wide, arcing beach is capped at both ends by towering sea stacks.

It’s a photographers dream!

First Beach Reflection
First Beach Reflection

Driftwood Stump
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First Beach Line on the Sand
First Beach Line on the Sand


Starfish, Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park
Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Final Images (More or Less!) for the 2013 Washington State Calendar!

The calendars will be 12.5 inches x 18.5 inches in size. This image is one of my favorites. It really captures the majesty of the North Cascades. This will be the full sized cover shot:

Mount Logan and North Fork, Bridge Creek Waterfall, North Cascades National Park

For January I have chosen a colorful shot to help offset the gloom of winter…nothing more cheerful than balloons!

Sequim Balloon Festival

February will showcase Mount Shucksan. this mountain image garnered more votes than any others in my survey. And this scene, Mt Shucksan Reflected in Mirror Lake, is by far the most photographed mountain scene in Washington.

Mt Shucksan, North Cascades National Park

For the month of March it is only appropriate to have flowers…I had a tough time and settled for two images from this year.
This first image combines three things which abound in March, tulips, water and mud!

Red Tulip Reflection

This second image was just too much fun to not include. Infinite Daffodils!

Daffodil Reflection

April is Tulip Festival here in Skagit County. Because they are so close, not to mention so colorful, every year I take hundreds and hundreds of Tulip Pictures. There were many votes and in the end this is the image that I choose.

One Red and Lots of Yellow

This picture from the trail just above Cascade pass is a perennial favorite. Hard not to include it! It made the cut for May.
Sahale Arm Trail, North Cascades National Park

In the voting that I conducted this image of Horseshoe Basin WITH the person won by a wide margin…This is the image for June.

Horseshoe Basin North Cascades National Park

July is my favorite month to visit the Olympic Coast. Nothing beats camping on the beach at Point of the Arches.

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

August will be a split-plate, with two vertical images side by side. This year I became enamored with nighttime imaging and these two are by far the best.

Liberty Bell, Milky Way and a Shooting Star

Camping Under the Stars

The bear portraits received more comments than any others. the most common question was: How close were you to the bear? The answer is about 12 feet. I was lucky to have such an opportunity! She gets the Month of September!

Black Bear at Horseshoe Basin

October calls for an autumn theme. This image was captured on October 3rd in the Pasayten Wilderness. The larch, sky and sheer cliff faces were just impossible for me to refuse!

Amphitheater Mountain at Sunset

For November we have a much-liked image of Liberty Bell Mountain. This image was captured at the Washington Pass Overlook on the North Cascades Highway. I love the light, the larches and the sprinkling of snow.

Liberty Bell and North Cascades Highway

I wanted to find a picture for December with snow in it…I wound up settling for a really big glacier. This is the north side of Mount Challenger in North Cascades National Park.

Mount Challenger, North Cascades National Park

Any comments or questions are most welcome!

Gallery of Images on Ecology.Com! is a fantastic site dedicated to Planet Earth.

The ECOLOGY Global Network™ Mission Statement: “To use the modern tools of information and communication to inform, educate and inspire the global community to respect, restore and protect our natural and human world, and to encourage all people to become stewards of the environment in which we live.”

Recently I was contacted by Jane Engelsiepen, Executive Editor, and invited to create a gallery of images for their EcoArts page.

For me, this was quite an honor and I am very proud to be included on their site!

Here is a link to the Gallery, “The Beaches of Olympic National Park”

Sunset Ferry Ride

On the Coupeville – Port Townsend Ferry, headed home…

Olympic National Park: The Coast

Here are three images from the Olympic Coast in Washington:

Cloud Burst

Sunrise, Third Beach

Giant’s Graveyard

The Stars Are Calling You To Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Point Of The Arches

Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

The trip is an all-day affair. I leave home early to catch the ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend, stop at the Olympic National Park Ranger Station in Port Angeles to get a permit and bear canister (don’t forget a tide chart!), drive around Lake Crescent and then up Highways 113 and 112 zigzagging through all those tight turns, and arrive at Neah Bay. Then I purchase my Neah Bay Recreational Permit ($10, good for a year), drive to the trail head, drop off my pack, drive back to the overnight parking place ¼ mile away, register/pay for the correct number of nights parking (overnight parking is NOT allowed at the trail head, the overnight parking is at a private residence, ¼ mile BEFORE the trail head, at the top of the hill, on the right. Bring cash, $10 per vehicle per night) and then schlep back to the trail head, grab my back and finally start to hike!

It’s almost two miles of easy (but always VERY muddy) hiking through the forest until you come to the National Park Boundary, where the trail immediately drops down to the ocean. There are some cool sea stacks just to the right of where the trail hits the beach, one of which looks a lot like the Sphinx. Looking to the left the shore arcs south and you can see Point of the Arches in the distance. The ocean breeze is a welcome companion for the last leg of the journey, another 1.5 miles down the beach.

Actually, once you hit the beach you can camp anywhere. But I always hike south and camp as close as possible to the Point of the Arches Sea Stacks.

There are several good reasons for this: the beach is flatter and wider, there are two creeks which emerge from the forest at the south end of the beach providing drinking water (be certain to bring your filter!) and most importantly, the views are absolutely unsurpassed.

For me the entire trip, from my door to the camp site, takes about 8 hours. I arrive just in time to set up camp and prepare for the sunset! Leaving camp I grab my camera and tripod headed towards the sea stacks to begin another magical photo tour.

When the tide is completely out you can easily walk out to the farthest set of sea stacks.

There are multitudes of tide pools everywhere adorned with greener than green seaweed, oranger than orange (and purple!) star fish and sea anemones.

Often there are colonies of sea otters cavorting in the water.

Caves and grottoes and hidden nooks are everywhere. The place is a wonder for children, old and young.

Camping on the beach is such a treat! Fires are allowed and drift wood is literally everywhere. Listening to the waves breaking, watching the fire, enjoying all of the smells and wind…nothing beats it.

Mornings at Shi Shi beach are some of the most magical I have ever experienced. As the sun slowly creeps up above the trees it illuminates the ocean and then little by little the sea stacks.

The colors (did I mention the colors?) are amazing, blue sky, green grasses and trees on the stacks, bright orange star fish and the green waves…

If you’re lucky enough to be there when the sun is shining you can explore endlessly. Bald eagles frequent the beach, they perch up high on the trees overlooking the ocean. Deer emerge from the forest to take a stroll along the water. Bear canisters are required for all camping on the beach here, but they should be renamed raccoon canisters (bears are not likely to visit the beach area!). Although I have camped here more than a dozen times I have yet to meet any raccoons…

The closer you camp to the south end the easier it is to be there for the sunrise and sunsets. There are many great spots along the edge of the forest, right on the beach, already set up with fire rings and great places for tents. Just inside the edge of the forest there are at least 15 fully established camp sites, maybe more. These sites provide more shelter from the wind and rain in stormy weather but also block the views.

One October while camped on Shi Shi I ran into another camper who told me that the Shi Shi Beach area was a rather new addition to Olympic National Park. When the state purchased the land to add it to the park there was an entire community of people living there on the beach and in the forest. It’s easy to understand why!

I have visited in every type of weather (clouds, rainy, stormy and sunny) but I must admit to being partial to sunny skies. I now watch the weather service forecast closely before heading out there, but like most things weather related, its always a bit of a gamble.

The hike from the car is so short and easy that you can bring your bourgeoisie camping gear and food to enjoy relatively spoiled comfort. I always bring a book or two as well as a Frisbee, when the tide is out the beach is wider than a football field is long.

Every sunrise and sunset I am wandering around with my camera, excited to see what new wonders I will find…my current dream is too capture a rainbow over the sea stacks… and to capture images of the sea stacks on a moonless, clear and starry night…

Pacific Northwest Trail

The Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to Olympic National Park in Washington. This set of images captures just a small part of the beauty of the Washington sections of the trail…

Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

Taken October 2, 2010, Upper Cathedral Lake basin, Pasayten Wilderness

Sunset, Olympic Coast

One of the most photogenic places on earth!

Sunset, Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Sunrise, Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park

One of my favorite places on earth!

Olympic Sunset

This was taken on the Olympic Coast , near La Push, Wa. The clouds were spectacular and the sunset magnificent!
Olympic Sunset


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