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14 February 2010

Walk to Marymere Falls - Olympic National Park

This framed photo of a bubbling brook in Olympic National Park was turned into a pool of shimmering gold by the setting sun.I remember the day well. The air was heavy with the scent of trees and ocean. To this mountain girl used to "rare air" it almost seemed as if the air had enough substance that I could just lean back and float away. I was captivated by the fairyland of moss, ferns, and huge old trees. The light was special too. Not harsh, but soft and subtle to my eyes until I caught a glimpse of a golden pool. The color seemed so out of place among the soft shadowy greens that it stopped me in my tracks. I could not imagine what it was until I heard its soft murmur coming through the trees, the voice of a gentle brook flowing over stone and rock. I must be close to the waterfall. And then I heard a deeper rumble. Climbing up the last bit of trail I rounded the bend and the mist from the falls rose up in a cloud settling on my face. There it was, Marymere Falls plummeting 90 feet over hanging gardens and rock.

I hope you have enjoyed our little meandering walk through the forest of Olympic National Park.


This photo of a bubbling brook in Olympic National Park was turned into a pool of shimmering gold by the setting sun.
Shimmering Gold
This photo of a bubbling brook in Olympic National Park was turned into a pool of shimmering gold by the setting sun.
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Forest Walk

A photo of a woodland trail dappled in the warm glow of dawn light and lined with towering moss covered trees.
Olympic National Park, Washington, USA



A photo of Marymere Falls seen between the trees on the last bit of the waterfall trail in Olympic National Park.


Marymere Falls Trail
A photo of Marymere Falls seen between the trees on the last bit of the waterfall trail in Olympic National Park.



This photo of Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park is surrounded by lush hanging gardens.

Marymere Falls
This photo of Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park is surrounded by lush hanging gardens.




21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos Julie! I love the colours in the first one.

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  2. The Marymere Falls shot reminds me of a stone dragon. Can you see his face?

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  3. This is, I think, my favorite set of photos by you, missy. The golden water is amazing. Thank you SO much for sharing with us.

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  4. I failed to include in my first comment just how enjoyable your story was, and how well it built the mystery and awe around your photos. Well, well done, dear!

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  5. When I lived in Portland, my favorite thing to do was to take my dogs to the Columbia River Gorge and hike to the waterfalls. These take me back to those wonderful days, Julie! Beautiful photos--I LOVE the golden water!

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  6. Julie, those are fantastic pictures. A forest paradise! Wonderful light and a very special atmosphere, which makes real wanderlust. Thank you for this pleasure. The absolute highlight is the golden river, it looks so unusual, like a dream.

    Perfect work!

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  7. Beautiful photos and I enjoyed your story! I try to take photos of the forests around here but just can't capture them the way I want to but you captured them perfectly!

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  8. Beautiful photos, and a place I'd love to visit! Sounds like you had fun! Hiking in the forests along streams and waterfalls is one of my very favorite things to do, besides visiting the ocean. So peaceful!

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  9. Lovely images, Julie! You're writing is so beautifully poetic. You really know how to take us with you!

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  10. Sometimes I wish that I didn't live on the flat prairies. Looking at these photos makes me wish we had more scenic views such as these. Lovely!

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  11. Ola garota, sempre encantando com suas fotografias e os dizeres que como acomponha.
    Estar nesses lugares Deve ser fantástico. Um grande abraço e parabens pela docilidade que expõe em suas fotografias.

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  12. Thank you all very much for your comments. I am happy that you have enjoyed the "walk" and that I was able to convey the feelings I had in that special place. Nature's beauty is something that we all understand.

    Cheers!
    Julie

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  13. Breathtaking! You are such a good writer too!

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  14. What a beautiful spot....

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  15. I could smell the woods and hear the water. What a fun place to visit. You captured it beautifully!

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  16. Fantastic nature photography as always Julie.
    I love the gold shimmering reflection of the brook framed by the green foliage. Natures incredible sights always inspire, and your capture of it is amazing.

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  17. Beautiful work, Julie. I especially am enchanted by "Shimmering Gold" - beautiful tones.
    Peace, Judi

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  18. Julie, these images (as always) are utterly and breath-takingly spectacular.
    The golden river is astonishing and the waterfall looks so deliciously inviting.
    Absolutely stunning!

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  19. I would LOVE to be sitting and watching that waterfall!

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  20. My favorite is the path, Julie. We're planning a visit to the Olympics for summer--hope we have as much fun as you guys did when you were there!

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