Brief Directions: Cape Flattery is the farthest NW point in the contiguous US. It is located at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and Strait of Juan de Fuca, in Washington state. Cape Flattery is located on the Makah Reservation.
Best Season: Summer
Description: I drove through dense mists to reach Cape Flattery. I started down the trail through the gloomy forest, my feet barely making a sound on the trail. The occasional swirl of fog moved through the forest, caressing my face with moisture, and sporadic drops of condensation water from the great trees above me plummeted to earth. The trail is an easy hike, eventually becoming cedar planks & rounds through the boggy areas as you approach the coastline. As I ventured closer to the cliffs I could hear the surge of the surf, the crash of the waves against the cliffs, and the cry of seabirds. Sea lions barked somewhere out on the rocks, hidden from view. The mists lifted slightly, enough to see a lighter band on the horizon, although the skies remained overcast. No other sound reached my ears. I could well have been the only person at Cape Flattery at that time. I needed peace, and time with nature to soothe my soul.
Gear: Canon 7D; Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM lens; BH circular polarizing filter; Lee .6 split neutral density filter (soft), Gitzo Carbon 6X tripod. ISO 100; AP f/22; 2/3 stop exposure compensation; 20 second exposure.