The last day of the year got off to a cold but sunny start. I stopped at Rest Lake when I came across this great blue heron sitting beside the frozen channel and then sat listening to the cackling geese and tundra swans in the lake behind it. I couldn’t resist a self-portrait when the rising sun created a perfect shadow of my little Crosstrek on the bank.
When I saw this scene in Mammoth Hot Springs, I thought perhaps that marshmallows were at long last taking their revenge for all the times they had been placed on a branch and roasted over a roaring fire.
I photographed this little section of Mammoth Hot Springs on my first visit to the area in 2004. I’ve gone back to this spot on each trip since but its appearance has changed over the years and it’s never looked as good as it did on that first trip.
My wife and I arrived at Lake Crescent in June 2004 for our first visit to Olympic National Park. After dinner (and just after the sun set) I walked out onto the dock for a quick shot of the glacier-carved lake.