I only have one more post planned for Norway, but I’m taking a break this week to share something a bit closer to home. We went backpacking this summer in the spectacularly beautiful Olympic National Park, one of our closest national parks. (Fun fact: from Portland, Olympic National Park and Crater Lake National Park are almost exactly equidistant (ONP is barely closer – by a mile). Mount Rainier National Park is closer than both of them.. but we’ve surprisingly never been!) Ever since my epic adventure to Alaska last year, I’ve really taken a liking to backpacking, though I still haven’t quite figured out how to bring my bag weight down with all my imperative camera gear!
This particular sunset has a story behind it (don’t most photos?).
This is going to be a quick post this week. As mentioned on Monday, I’m working on some big things for my site behind the scenes, so I’m taking it easy on the blogging. Instead, I’ll leave you with just a few images from Norway.
I couldn’t quite decide on which “wow” picture to share this week, so you get two scenes.
Exploring Norway is a new scenic wonder around every corner. Just when we thought we had been wow’d enough for one day, something else fell across our path that renewed the amazement. This particular day, we had already visited an adorable church and hiked a spectacular glacier (that story’s coming soon!). We were merely on our way to another beautiful campsite for the evening.
But the landscape wanted to hold us tight, to seduce us into staying out later to soak in the natural wonders. We were surrounded by eye candy; it’s a shock we ever slept. How could the inside of a familiar tent ever compare to Mother Nature’s endless artwork all around us for miles in every direction?
There’s something truly stunning about places above the 60th parallel. It’s much cooler there (usually), and frozen landscapes make for some of my favorite photography. How could you not love the perfect white beautifully contrasting the deep blues and bright oranges? Besides, I’m something of a sucker for snow; it transforms a scene into a magical wonderland.