Congratulations to Chuck Jason for winning the Beaches And Coastlines Assignment!
“My wife Serena (also a landscape photographer) and myself decided to check out the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State for a weekend getaway the end of April this year. We stayed a couple of days in the town of Forks, which is in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula. Our goal was to check out the Hoh Rain Forest, a few of the beaches along the coast like Ruby and Second Beach and then we wanted to see the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States, Cape Flattery. It’s a pleasant drive to Cape Flattery, which took us about an hour. We went with the intention of catching a nice sunset as it’s known for this. The trail itself is on the Makah Reservation, so you’ll need to stop and pay $10 for a pass. There’s a good size parking lot available before entering the trailhead. The trail to Cape Flattery is about 1.2-1.5 miles round-trip and isn’t strenuous with only about a 200 feet elevation loss/gain. The first part of the trail is dirt and is probably a bit muddy when raining, then it transitions to a cedar boardwalk as you’re walking over many trees’ roots. The boardwalk is well maintained by the Makah Nation and is easily traversed.
“There are three observation points that peel off of the main boardwalk. The boardwalk continues to those three points and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean with steep ocean cliffs and the crashing sea below. The main boardwalk continues on for a short distance to an observation deck, which looks directly at Tatoosh Island and lighthouse. I opted to stand in front of the platform on the very tip of Cape Flattery and shoot down the Washington coast using a Lee Big Stopper for the long exposure shot you see. I’m sure at certain times of the year this would be a great place to observe passing whales, but at that time all we saw were a few fishing boats and large tankers. Overall, this is a wonderful place and well worth the visit! I’d like to thank Outdoor Photographer magazine for this assignment opportunity.”