Week 15

This week was beautiful, but I only really went out one day to create images. I found myself riding my motorcycle to work, and decided not to bring the camera. On Saturday though, Deb and I went to the Woodard Bay Conservation Area based on a recommendation from a local blog titled Walk Olympia. If you live in the Olympia area, check out that blog for some awesome suggestions on walking loops in the area.

The shooting on Saturday was a bit of a challenge due to the time of day we went out. Noon time generally produces harsh lighting, although we were on trails for a good part of the walk, creating some great stippled lighting. But, I think I made it work for me.

Along the path as we enter the conservation area.

Woodard Bay Conservation Area Flowers
Woodard Bay Conservation Area Flowers

The path brings us to Woodard Bay.

Woodard Bay Conservation Area #7
Woodard Bay Conservation Area #7

The old train trestle has mostly been removed. This site was used by Weyerhaeuser Co. as a log transfer facility from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. The remaining trestle section is home to Washington State’s largest known bat colony. Read more about it on this site: www.batsaboutourtown.com

Woodard Bay Conservation Area Trestle #6
Woodard Bay Conservation Area Trestle #6
Woodard Bay Conservation Area Trestle #9
Woodard Bay Conservation Area Trestle #9

Taking the trail back

Woodard Bay Conservation Area Walkway
Woodard Bay Conservation Area Walkway

Stunning day, and a great walk. The loop is approximately two miles and is pretty easy. Walkers can stay on the service road out to the bay and return on it, or take a one mile trail that winds through the woods. The trail isn’t very difficult, and is worth the extra time.

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