Monday, July 12, 2010

Flora and Fauna in the Olympic National Park

Last Friday the skies were beautifully blue, so we dropped everything, hopped in the car, and went to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, WA.

As you can see, we saw lots of deer and, for the first time ever, several sets of fawns. Black-tailed deer of all sizes were strolling around everywhere, even in the parking lots!


We also saw this guy. It's not a crow on steriods; it's his relative, a raven, and if you think crows are loud, you should hear his screech.

Summer is slowly coming to our mountains, and the snow is melting. (We just heard that the snow is still deep at the lodge on Mount Rainier.)

On the trail we took up Hurricane Hill, the path was mostly clear, and flowers were blooming everywhere. This was our first time to see purple violets, creeping phlox, and stonecrop blooming in the wild.


We didn't quite make it to the top of the "hill," but as we headed down and back to the car, we had some good views of the lower part of the trail as well as the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Once again we were reminded of the diverse geography of the Evergreen State!

14 comments:

Jules said...

Very beautiful!

Dee said...

Gorgeous pictures. After spending a few days where the daily high temp was 103, it is really hard to believe there is still SNOW in some places. LOL

Lynn said...

That view with the mountains takes your breath away! Your pics are absolutely gorgeous! I love the one of the fawns. Thanks for sharing.

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Ele said...

Dear Judy,

the Fauna and Flora in the National Park looks like in the Bavaria mountains, a nice feeling for me to come and see here.

Hope you are well and can enjoy the summertime with your family

many greetings
take care

Gabriele

Linda said...

What wonderful photos! I can see why so many people move up to your beautiful state! Incredible!

Marcy said...

Beautiful scenery!

Ranae said...

You post the coolest photo's
Thanks for sharing

Plays with Needles said...

I always enjoy your posts about your trips. I would have loved to come...it's absolutely gorgeous. And I would have been just as thrilled at seeing the wildflowers!

Janet said...

Wonderful pictures!

Gerry said...

Boy, the deer don't seem to be too afraid of people, do they?

I love the mountains. So huge and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

And to answer your question about the hat....I used a piece of fuzzy home decor cording.

Lynn said...

Lovely pictures the past few posts. So beautiful!

Sharon said...

Beautiful! If we ever get this place done... I am heading to the ocean... forever working on the house and yard. Really getting to be to much.

Lanette said...

Great pictures! Those deer were beautiful!