October 27, 2011

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

It was like a miracle. I woke to fog, rain, and dreariness--drove to Dungeness NWR and found (insert angels singing) SUNSHINE!

The refuge was open for hunting so in the distance I could hear gunshots and dogs, but this area is open for walking and exploring. The trail starts out in the woods and winds down a hill towards the ocean.

Bear with me and all my mushroom photos. I had a lot of fun finding them and photographing them ALL.

Big drippy white ones- don't miss the itty bitty ones in the front:

A ghostly gelatinous one:

As I rounded a corner, this appeared:

The Dungeness Spit
is over five miles long with a lighthouse at the end. It is one of the longest spits in the world. One can hike all the way to the lighthouse at certain times of the year.

I settled for a little beach stroll. It was actually so hot and sunny I had to remove my coat!
Beach art was prevalent:

So scenic!

Considering this is supposed to be a "prime" birding spot- I saw very few birds. Might be the hunting, or the wrong time of year. In any case I heard a flock of these in the woods. Can you ID it by the obscured photo?

And here is one final vacation sunset for you. This concludes the Port Townsend Vacation series!


  1. Awesome Photos...I LOVE your rock photos...especially the four rocks in the sand.

  2. Love all the shroomy shots and graceful rock cairns. Your birdy bird is a GC Kinglet, yes?

  3. Wonderful set of photos - thanks for sharing your vacation with us!

  4. Beautiful spot! Love the rock piles- the flat ones must make it easy to make good stacks. All the mushrooms are cool to see too... And yes, Golden-crowned Kinglet for sure!

  5. What a beautiful place!!! Love those sunny fall days...they are so precious! Love your banner too, fellow nature nut. :)

  6. There is a state park in Minnesota near where I grew up that started "sprouting" stacks of rocks similar to the ones in your pictures back in the early '80's. That was followed by small Hobbit colonies appearing along trails on the sides of embankments. It was a bit mysterious until it was revealed that a local artist was behind it.


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