USA North West Portfolio
This photographic journey started in Seattle, Washington State. From there I did a 3 week tour covering some 5000 miles taking in the Oregon coast from north to south, Redwood NP, the Golden Gate Bridge & Yosemite NP in California before heading north east to the magnificent Grand Tetons & Yellowstone NPs. Before flying home I also managed a short visit to Mount St. Helen’s & a day at Mount Rainier NP.
Bonneville Salt Flats
The Bonneville Salt Flats are found west of the Great Salt Lake, in western Utah. The area is world famous motor sports starting in 1912, but first becoming truly popular in the 1930’s when Ab Jenkins and Sir Malcolm Campbell competed to set land speed records. Sir Malcolm Campbell set the first land speed record on the flats in 1935 with the Blue Bird reaching a speed of 301mph/484,6kmh. In 2016 Roger Schroer reached a speed of 341,4mph/549,4kmh holding the record for the fastest electric car in the world.
Golden Gate Bridge
1,6 km long is the length of the world famous, red painted suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, a strait separating the city of San Francisco in the south with Marin county on the north side. At its opening in 1937 The Golden Gate bridge was the longest bridge in the World & was declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World. A total of 1,2 million rivets hold the bridge together. After over 1500 people having committed suicide by jumping from the bridge, suicide barriers have started to be installed. Construction shall take around 4 years to complete.
Grand Tetons National Park
Just 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park is the Grand Teton National Park with its 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton mountain range. Along with surrounding National Forests, these protected areas constitute the almost 18,000,000-acre (7,300,000 ha) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the world’s largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems.
Mount St. Helens National Monument
Windy Ridge is the closest view point of Mount St. Helen’s accessible to the general public. Beginning in the summer of 1983, visitors are able to drive to Windy Ridge on U.S. Forest Service Road 99, only 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of the crater. From this vantage point overlooking Spirit Lake, you can witness not only the evidence of a volcano’s destruction, but also the remarkable, gradual (but faster than originally predicted) recovery of the land as revegetation progresses & wildlife returns.
Mount Rainier National Park
Considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world I am happy that I survived the very short visit to this most imposing Stratovolcano in Washington State. Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington State & the Cascade Range. Rainier is just 54 miles (87 km) south-southeast of Seattle posing a real threat to the 3,7 million resident metropolitan population.
The Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast is a region of the U.S. state of Oregon. It runs generally north–south along the Pacific Ocean, forming the western border of the state; the region is bounded to the east by the Oregon Coast Range. The Oregon Coast itself stretches approximately 362 miles (583 km) from the Columbia River in the north to the California state border in the south.
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho, USA
Located in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is the oldest thus first ever established National Park in America & indeed worldwide. The park is renowned for its wildlife & its numerous geothermal features, including Old Faithful a geyser that has been recorded to have erupted over 1,000,000 times. Yellowstone itself is a ticking volcanic time bomb with its last eruption over 625,000 years ago but scientists believe that a new eruption is improbable in the foreseeable future, whatever that means.
Yosemite National Park
Okay, Yosemite National Park doesn’t belong to the American North West but having driven the Oregon coast down to Marin County on the Oregon/ Californian border I then had to turn eastwards towards Yosemite before heading up to Salt Lake City in Utah. Yosemite was a little disappointing I must admit as due to little rainfall the waterfalls were all pretty much dried up & the park was generally crawling with tourists.