Looking for the Blue Moon over Quinault Lake

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Blue Moon. July 31, 2015

According to Wikipedia a Blue Moon is “a second full moon in a month of the common calendar;” and of interest: “The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon” (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions: e.g., when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_moon

On July 31, 2015, a Blue Moon was due. I wanted to get pictures of it over the water.  We decided to drive to Lake Quinault, about 1-1/2 hours from Hoquiam, Washington.  On the day we visited the Hoh Rainforest we had turned off Hwy. 101 for a look at this lake and then decided to return when we had more time to spend.

Pictures we took on the way back from the Hoh Rainforest (7/22/15)

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Quinault, Washington
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Hydrangeas were blooming in many yards in the town of Quinault.
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Hydrangeas
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They thrive in the moist air and have blended with the native plants.

So… on the day of the blue moon (7/31) I made sandwiches for dinner and we set out at about 6:00.  When we arrived on the south shore the sun was still pretty high in the sky.  We saw a turn out for a nature hike through the Quinault Rain Forest so we pulled into the parking lot.  This is a short popular hike but because it was late in the day we were the only ones on the trail.  The setting sun made for some interesting photos.

 

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The setting sun made the tree trunk look like its on fire.
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Light through moss
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Illumination
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Light through trees

 

 

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Tree’s Aura

Sun setting on Quinault Lake.  We realized we needed to drive to the other side of the lake in order to photograph the moon.

 

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South side of the lake

We passed a herd of Roosevelt Elk.

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Elk moving toward grazing area
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Waterfall by the side of the road

What a disappointment!  Houses lined the other side of the lake, even though it is a national park.  We couldn’t find a place to photograph the moon, even though we caught glimpses of it shining across the water.  So we ate our sandwiches in the car and headed back to our trailer.  I took some pictures of the moon over Hoquiam, Washington.

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Washington Moon

We again returned to the little town of Quinault for lunch at the lodge a couple of weeks later.

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View from our table
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Dining Room

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Lodge Lobby

The lodge was visited by President Franklin Roosevelt, who then created Olympic National Park in 1938. Of interest Teddy Roosevelt had claimed the area to be a national monument in 1909.  So we owe much of the conservation of this park space to these two distant cousins.

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Quinault Lodge
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Rear of lodge, heading down to the lake
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Lodge Beach

 After eating lunch we walked over to the small museum which is primarily made up of Native American and homesteader antiques.  There were a couple of old photographs of interest.  Without the creation of a national park, no big heritage trees would have survived as evidenced by the this photo.

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Giant Trees being transported out of the area.

This ghostly picture of a lumber crew is a result of a window reflecting on the glass over the photograph.

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Ghostly Lumberjacks.

 We’re moving on soon to eastern Washington, but have had an amazing summer in the area around Olympic National Park.