My Year In Pictures: September Week 1

As soon as our first hike to Second Beach ended two years ago a return trip has been at the top of my vacation wish list.  Our first visit was such a lovely surprise with a quiet beach, warm temperatures, and wide open vistas  we couldn’t help but remember the area as always being bathed in sunshine but this year we were pleasantly surprised with a complete change in circumstances.  After days of record-breaking heat the winds shifted during our hike through the forest and brought this amazing fog just in time for sunset.  I’ll admit we were hoping to watch a summer sky filled with orange and pink but instead I think we were treated to something even more magical.  This week’s post is one more break from my typical weekly recap style but I took too many pictures to only share one from the day so I hope you enjoy this series of seven. 🙂

Next week will be a return to more real-time photos and recaps so if you’re curious about where we’ve been this month I’ve been keeping up with my daily share project on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about any of the images but you don’t follow me on these accounts please feel free to click here for IG, here for Twitter and here for FB or select a photo from the Instagram previews in my sidebar.  You don’t need an account at either place to view my photos, everyone’s welcome.🙂

iPhoneography Challenge: Black & White (Afternoon Light on the Washington Coast)

iPhone Monday (Th) 3-19-15

This was a hard view to leave behind after a wonderful summer day on the Washington Coast so if you have the opportunity to visit the Olympic Peninsula be sure to plan a hike out to First, Second or Third beaches. Bring your cameras and make the most of wide open vistas, intriguing sea stack formations and very few tourists because the only access is on foot through the forest.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge:  Black & White.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward (Gifts From the Sea)

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Our first view of the Washington Coast from Rialto Beach and posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Reward.

iPhoneography Monday: 10-20-14

iPhone Monday 10-20-14

I always smile when I see small stacks of stones placed carefully along a trail so this old beach log on the Washington coast stopped me in my tracks.  I don’t know if we are looking at the finished work of one artistic beachcomber or if several walkers left their markers in a row but I couldn’t leave the area without a few photos.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Black and White.

iPhoneography Monday: 9-15-14

iPhone Monday 9-15-14

Regular readers know one of my favorite things to do is explore a new beach and Second Beach on the Washington coast has moved to the top of my list.  I’ve posted a few photos from this visit and there will be more to come but today I have this black and white view for Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Black and White.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray


This lone surfer quietly watched the water from Washington State’s Rialto Beach for 30 minutes before he decided the time was right to grab his board and enter the fray.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette


Some of our best hours in the Olympic National Park were spent exploring Second Beach on the Washington Coast.  The one mile forest hike to the beach from a small parking area is just enough distance to keep crowds away and the sound of roaring surf echoing through the trees is one we won’t forget anytime soon.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Silhouette.