The weekend before Halloween saw us exploring right in the heart of downtown Olympia, Washington. Not even a mile north of the historic downtown district is Priest Point City Park. This park has a few different spots to explore, this time we decided on the trails just North of Ellis Cove.
The trails at this park are well maintained, maybe too well. The leaf blower employee is just doing their job, but it’s a bit of a bummer hearing that damn thing the entire time you’re enjoying the park, haha. But in the end, the park is too pretty to let that get in the way, so lets enjoy!
It hadn’t been too wet the last week or so, and it was really cold every night, so we didn’t expect to see any mushroom action. But there they were, some in their prime, some weathered and beat. The real stars of the day for me were the broken trees, covered in moss and back lit by the sun beams coming in through the trees. There were a handful and I managed to photograph a couple.
We spotted this little mushroom-on-a-log vignette. Super nice light on the scene, with the single mushroom standing tall in the moss. Of course I blew the focus, or wait, it was the camera’s fault, yeah that’s it! Rookie move bro. Whatever, here’s the photo, you can imagine just how cool it was to see in person.
Here’s another one of those cool tree stumps. The moss really does like to grow on these things. If they’re lit up by the sun like this one was, I’ll gladly get a photo. Shortly after that we found these next two scenes. A great little group of shrooms growing on the side of a tree, and a smaller scene of the fungi life cycle. I love how the one’s in its prime and the other one next door was beat.
Taking a break at a bench, this cool view of Northwest Olympia was peeking out through the trees. Those people have pretty choice real estate, looking out across Budd Inlet to Priest Point and downtown Olympia.
Walking South towards Ellis Cove we found the rocky-shore beach and explored for a few minutes. There were a few people down there with dogs and such, so we headed back into the forest. We spotted an older lady checking out the mushrooms along the path, we could relate. We went down another trail, since we were all doddling around, we didn’t want to bum her out since she was doing the same thing as us.
Looking across Ellis Cove to the Southern part of the park, you can see all the beautiful Fall colors on display. The Evergreen State is definitely NOT all evergreens. Maples and Oaks are all over the place, and tons more varieties of trees and plants. I’ll leave you with one more fungi photo, this proud little guy growing out of the moss.
It was a bit too early to go home, so after Priest Point we drove over to West Bay Park, just across Budd Inlet from where we just were. This little park has a great view of downtown Olympia and Percival Landing marina. Since it was a clear day, the mountain was out and I managed to get a photo of the very top of it. Naughty little volcano is always hiding from me, but I got it today, barely.
And this final shot is of the log yard and the back of a now defunct ferry parked at the log yard. Kind of an odd pic, but I like the greens of the ferry against the brown of the logs. Pretty forest colors, but with hacked down dead trees and a dead boat as the subject matter. Yeah, odd. Thanks for reading though, haha.
All photos made with a Canon 5D and Panasonic Lumix LX5