Lake Cushman and Mt. Rose trail - December 31, 2020

Lake Cushman and Mt. Rose trail - December 31, 2020

I needed some more nature therapy, so I went for a drive and a little hike.


Another cloudy winter day in Washington. No views of the mountains, so I went to the forest. I went to Lake Cushman, at the SE corner of the Olympic Mountains. It was a mostly overcast day, but the sun actually came out for awhile, and there were some sunrise colors. First picture of the day is at 7:38 AM, but it's grey and boring. After a bit there is a break in the clouds.

8:23 AM. Sunrise colors on Lake Cushman. Seems like a nice quiet place to live. 3000x2000


9:13 AM. Starting the hike up the Mt. Rose trail. I got some photos of nice roadside waterfalls, but I like this one with the greenery. 1500x3000


9:52 AM. I've hiked up as far as I feel like (not very far) and start taking macro pictures on the way back down. Key for scale, I got others without the key. 100% crop of some fungi (?) and fern on a tree. 3000x2000


10:02 AM. Hard to get a sharp photo of ferns, they keep blowing in the wind. 3000x2000


10:41 AM. I got a few different shots of this mushroom. 2000x3000


That's it for the 'good' ones. Now I have 14 'alternate' versions or different views. Some of them are pretty good.


8:00 AM. There were some roadside waterfalls. This one was pretty loud. It's like a 30 foot drop. 2000x3000


8:12 AM. Another roadside waterfall. Nothing too artistic, just a long exposure waterfall. 3000x2000


8:25 AM. A few minutes past the height of the sunrise colors. I like the curving shoreline as a leading line. Trees for framing. Decent clouds, but not the best. 3000x2000


8:28 AM. Looking south instead of west. There wasn't much color, so I made it monochrome. Unfortunately I didn't line up the tree stumps evenly. 3000x2000


8:34 AM. There was still some sunrise color. The rocky shoreline and tree stumps are not a great foreground. 2000x2500


8:42 AM. Looking west. Snow, a waterfall, trees, clouds, water. 3000x2000


8:55 AM. Still looking west, wider angle. Ugly 'beach' at this lake. Hmm looking at it again, let me try a wide crop. 3000x2000


8:55 AM. Wide crop of the previous photo. I had to cut out the waterfall, but I like the foggy hills. 3440x1440


9:31 AM. Now I've left the lake and am hiking up Mt. Rose. I took a picture of this sign. It's hard to get a scale of the trees and landscape. This is looking uphill. 3000x2000


9:40 AM. A few more minutes of hiking and this is as far as I go. I got this shot looking uphill and downhill. The lake is down there (hard to see). I once got a 'trail' picture like this published in a magazine, so sometimes these random shots can be interesting. 3000x2000


10:39 AM. Now four different views of the mushrooms. There were two, here's focus on the back. 2000x3000


10:40 AM. Focus on the front shroom. Obviously I didn't clean up the pine needles and stuff. Maybe I should have? 2000x3000


10:46 AM. Maybe I should have made this one brighter. 2000x3000


10:48 AM. Last one. I took some crappy waterfall pictures after this, then I was done for the day. 1600x2400


That's it. I think some of these are good. 8:28 (monochrome) has potential. 8:55 widescreen is nice and simple. Some of the shroom shots are good.

What do you think?

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    January 1, 2021 2:15 PM

    Photo dump: The good and 'bad' (?) pictures from a New Years Eve hike. Let me know if you like any of the 'alternate' ones.

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      January 1, 2021 3:00 PM

      Just wanted to say I enjoy your photos. I don't always have time to look at them, but I enjoy them when I do. I also like alt photo #2.

      That said, when I saw 'alternate' photos with alternate in quotes I thought you might be throwing in some freaky shit. Like of photo of you bare ass naked, tired to the front of your Mazda like a hunting trophy with your ass in the air. That's not my thing and yet... and yet.. I feel like I've been cheated out of something and I'm leaving disappointed.

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        January 1, 2021 4:00 PM

        The second waterfall?

        Huh, you aren't the only one that said the waterfalls were nice.

        Sorry to disappoint. No selfies that day.

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          January 1, 2021 4:20 PM

          Joking aside, I skipped some of the text and didn't realize the alts started at the waterfalls. I meant the second mushroom. But I like both the waterfalls and 8:55 zoomed out view of the mountains with the ugly beach included. I also liked the shot of the switchback corner but that is mainly because I associate switchbacks with mountain biking so it makes me want to ride.

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      January 1, 2021 4:57 PM

      I like 8:12 a lot. All of the mushroom shots are good, imo, but they're not exactly something you'd see in a magazine or framed for artistic purposes. The landscape shots were also fine - they could easily be a background in a magazine article about the Cascades or the lake. I don't think they stand out and make you go "wow" but they're still good shots.

      My $.02 anyway.

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        January 2, 2021 3:51 AM

        Hm yes, good points.

        I just like doing the macro shots, they aren't necessarily going to be artistic. It's just cool seeing things up close.

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      January 2, 2021 4:28 AM

      Let's go to the beach and see what this storm has to offer!

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      January 2, 2021 5:10 AM

      I love the mushroom close-ups

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