Olympic Coast National Park, Washington State, United States - Code: SE6554ST
Title: THE DUCK
Location: near Rialto Beach, Olympic Coast National Park, Washington State, United States of America
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There I was with my mate Kyle Power trekking along the beach north of Rialto Beach in the Olympic Coast National Park in Washington State. Actually half the time we were rock hoping. What was exciting about this trek was that high tide makes going around a lot of the headlands impossible till the tide drops again. So having planned our timing we were able to get to our chosen camping spot in plenty of time before we where isolated from the rest of the world.
Kyle hadn’t done a lot of trekking and camping before, he was an outdoors man but just hadn’t carried in everything you need on your back that would last you for four days. It was a tuff walk with a heavy pack, due to camera gear and the fact that you had to rock hope, which means fighting the backpack momentum every time you jumped. But Kyle’s football past served him well.
We selected a camp spot that we thought was well out of harms way of the tide and set up our living area for the next three nights. We discovered that our want to have the tent as high up the beach as possible worked well, as by mid afternoon the ocean was lapping at our tent door. We put rocks in as a make shift sea wall just incase it wanted to come higher, it did come a little higher, but the rock wall served its purpose well. It must have been a king tide as the sea didn’t come up to that level again for the rest of our stay. After an afternoon photographing and exploring we made a camp fire from driftwood, cooked dinner and got to bed ready for a early morning photography outing.
So for the next three days we photographed this stunning coastline from several multiple photographic locations. On one of those afternoons I photographed this duck in amongst the rocks on the beach, I took the shot and was really happy with what I got, but there was something unusual about what I was seeing and then it suddenly occurred to me, I’d never seen a duck swimming in that type of setting before, sure in bays, but never where waves can come crashing in. That was really cool!
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