Looking for the Blue Moon over Quinault Lake

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)

Quinault, Washington
Hydrangeas were blooming in many yards in the town of Quinault.
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.


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



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.


South side of the lake

We passed a herd of Roosevelt Elk.

Elk moving toward grazing area
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.

Washington Moon

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

View from our table
Dining Room

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.

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

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.

Ghostly Lumberjacks.

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