Olympic National Park, WA

Bald Eagle on Branch

Bald Eagle on Branch

Eagle Takeoff

Eagle Takeoff

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

Black-tailed Deer, Hurricane Ridge

Black-tailed Deer, Hurricane Ridge

Second Beach, LaPush, WA

Second Beach, LaPush, WA

Hurricane Ridge looking North

Hurricane Ridge looking North

Hoh Rainforest stump

Hoh Rainforest stump

We went to the Olympic Peninsula in WA state in mid July and hiked the Hurricane Ridge area near Port Angeles and then to the Pacific Coast at La Push to photograph 2nd Beach. Hoping for more goats but saw lots of Black-tailed Deer. Was shooting with a 17-40mm lens when the deer came towards me and passed within 2 ft. I got one good shot (see above) when it paused at very close range. You do not want to approach wildlife that close, but in this case I stayed perfectly still and it ignored me.  Not a lot of birds were seen but a few eagles and the Gray Jay were the highlights. If you can catch great clouds at sunset then the beach could be spectacular but we had heavy fog for 2 nights in a row. Still one of the most incredible beaches on the WA coast.

“You can’t always get what you want”, Mick Jagger.