Driftwood near Rialto Beach in Olympic Coast National Park, Washington State, America. Michael Scott Lees fine art photograph

Olympic Coast National Park, Washington State, United States - Code: SE7971ST


Location: near Rialto Beach, Olympic Coast National Park, Washington State, United States of America

Code: SE7971ST

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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. One of the iconic features of the Olympic Coast is the driftwood and this ranges from small sticks to whole trees, so I had set myself the task of capturing the story of the Olympic Coast driftwood. This little task has know turned into a passion after this trip, as I just love the smoothness, the texture and twisted features in the driftwood. This mixed in with the rock stacks and beach views makes for some very exciting imagery.


In this shot you have the trees root system in the foreground leading off into the coastline in the background.

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