Olympic National Park, Washington
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
A sea stack on the beach at dusk is all that remains
of what was once a coastal headland, a testament to the power
of erosion on this stormy coast. In time the sea stack will also
The surf pounding the rocky crags along the beach.
The beaches here are completely littered with timbers and other
debris. It is a result of the heavy surf and the endless ferocious
storms which pound this coastline.
A scene from the nearby Hoh Rain Forest. The temperate rain forests
occur a short distance inland at the foot of the Olympic Mountains.
These mountains act as a barrier to the Pacific rain storms, causing
a phenomenol amount of precipitation on their western base, amounting
to hundreds of inches of rain per year. The result is the temperate
(as opposed to tropical) rain forest. Note, at right, the dead branches
completely encased in moss.
A pretty sunset along the beach.
Location. Off of US-101, west of Seattle.
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Highway US-101 curves around the entire Olympic Peninsula. All sections of the national park are accessed from this road.
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