Winter storms batter the Olympic Peninsula, lashing the mountains and lowlands with high winds, snow, and heavy rains. Aside from the Pacific Coastal strip of Olympic National Park, my favorite place to view these storms is Lake Crescent, a deep body of water located on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula, and contained within the national park. Lake Crescent is really deep. Though the maximum depth has never been accurately measured, when cables were being laid across it, the depth appeared to be over 1,000 feet.
The days I most enjoy visiting Lake Crescent are when it is still, with clearing clouds from the last storm and waiting for the next storm. Late in the day, when the atmosphere takes on a twilight blue color, the place possesses magic.
These photographs are from two winter trips to Lake Crescent, separated by 18 years.
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