Port Townsend

The Olympic Peninsula of Washington state is a magical place.

I was in Seattle for a workshop and decided to stay for the weekend so I could go out to the Olympic Peninsula and visit my advisor, Carla Ellis, for the weekend.  What fun it was to see her and her new retirement home.  It was a gray and even drizzly weekend, but I had fun taking some photos from a state park where we went for a stroll.

Olympic peninsula – even the trees are covered in green growth.

The Olympic Peninsula of Washington state is a magical place, which in its low slopes is much like a rainforest. Here, near Port Townsend, is a fantastically moss-green forest, quite a sensory experience coming from snowy NH. Above is a shot of the eery, mossy woods in the park. The peninsula gets a lot of rain and fog, so the woods are green year ‘round. 

At right is a close-up of the bark of a madrona tree, which sheds its bark annually.

See the photo gallery.


This post was transferred from MobileMe to WordPress in 2021, with an effort to retain the content as close to the original as possible; I recognize that some comments may now seem dated or some links may now be broken.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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