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Twilight at a remote beach in Olympic National Park, Washington.
This was taken back in May 2016 on a trip to Olympic National Park with my friends Ted and Alex. Ted and I had just finished up two weeks of successful Spring workshops in the gorge and a quiet trip with some friends was exactly what I needed. Despite living (mostly) in the Pacific Northwest since 2001, I hadn't made it to Olympic National Park until this trip and I was entranced by the beauty more than I thought I would be. Anyone who knows me know how much I love the Columbia River Gorge, so to be somewhere that not only seemed like the gorge on steroids, but also offer nearby rugged coast was one of the most fairytale experiences I've had. It's hard to believe that such places exist so nearby, and I'm extremely grateful that they do.
We didn't know what to expect when hiking to this more remote beach in the park, but we took our chances. We didn't know what the tide level needed to be in order for the water to be interacting with these fins and we didn't know if the fins would be covered by sand at that time of the year. Weather wasn't looking too promising in terms of clouds, so I already had a twilight shot planned. We got there fairly early and aside from some more interesting weather conditions, everything else was lining up perfectly. There was absolutely no sand between the fins and the water was calm enough and high enough to get the shot I was looking for. I passed the time throwing rocks at other rocks that I had balanced on a log and practicing my flint and steel fire making skills. I felt like a damn kid for a little bit. No cell phone, no social media, no immediate responsibilities. Just eagles in the sky, crashing waves in the distance, and solitude in nature with friends. That's living. Photo © copyright by TJ Thorne.