Second Beach is a secluded stretch of oceanfront located within the confines of the Olympic National Park. Access requires a two-mile hike through a Sitka spruce filled coastal forest, just long enough to keep the crowds at bay. For those who do make the trek, over a mile worth of beach awaits to be explored. The beauty of this place is enough to take your breath away. Driftwood logs line the beach, while the Quillayute Needles, a collection of islets and sea stacks, stand just offshore.
While in La Push, Washington last summer for a wedding, I was able to spend a few hours of solitude wondering Second Beach. I do this quite often on group camping trips and vacations, rising early to go for a hike while everyone is still sleeping off the previous nights shenanigans. My friends think I’m crazy getting up early, often before dawn, to go hiking. To me though, nothing beats an early morning walk on the beach, especially one that requires a hike through dense old growth forest to get there. Besides I generally get back to camp just as coffee and breakfast are being served, feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
Originally I shot these images in color, with Kodak Ektar 100, but the gray overcast skies resulted in dreary washed out tones. I feel the black and white conversion better represents the raw nature of the landscape as I experienced that day.