Olympic National Park

Floris van Breugel on February 5th, 2014

While the rest of Seattle gathered in front of their TV’s last weekend to cheer on the Seahawks, Aubrey and I escaped to the Olympic coast to watch the hawks by the sea. To be fair, there weren’t any hawks, but we did see bald eagles, sea otters, surfing sea lions, and – to our …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on October 31st, 2013

Have you ever wondered why it seems like there are more spider webs around this time of year? I’m not talking about the fake cobwebs people string up around their houses for Halloween, but real spider webs. On a recent trip to the coast, it struck me how many webs were out. Perhaps the eerie …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on July 31st, 2013

“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one.” – Bhagavad Gita (Hindu holy book) This view – the thousands of radiant flowers, endless wild valleys, glaciated peaks, and the life giving warmth of our dazzling sun – is …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on December 19th, 2012

After a busy two months I finally have some time to share a few new images! Life has been busy with my research, getting all my calendar orders out (thank you everyone who ordered one!), and moving to a new apartment, but things have finally started to settle down a little. Click image for larger …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on March 27th, 2012

With backpacks loaded with goodies including freshly smoked Halibut and Black Cod from a friendly man we met in Neah Bay, fresh veggies, a bottle of wine, french cheese, whiskey, four logs of treated firewood, and other necessities, I headed down the muddy path to Shi Shi beach in Olympic National Park last weekend with …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on February 28th, 2012

After sitting idle for a week or two my creative (photographic) soul gets restless, and I need to let it out for a walk in the wilderness. Although these trips are often short (due to other obligations), I can live off of the experience for quite some time to keep myself healthy. Being outside also …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on December 20th, 2011

I had hoped to be out skiing this past weekend, however, this has been the driest December in the Northwest on record! So, rather than spend two days skiing on alternating slush and ice, I headed out to the coast with Aubrey and our friend Jared. At just a few days before the winter solstice, …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on December 11th, 2011

Yesterday evening, at around 6pm, the weather forecast for early this morning shifted, suggesting that the skies would be crisp and clear for just long enough to see today’s dawn lunar eclipse (the last lunar eclipse until 2014). Accordingly, I changed my plans to try and see it and headed out to the Olympic Peninsula …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on September 10th, 2011

The intense snowpack this year in the mountains in Washington has resulted in flower blooms that are up to a month later than usual – some areas probably won’t melt out at all this year before the fall snow starts to fall! Here’s two images from a quick trip to Hurricane Ridge a few weeks …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on February 9th, 2011

Fangorn (Sindarin: [Fangaorne]; “Beardtree”) in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium, is a forest located in the fictional world of Middle-earth and is the home of the tree shepherds, the Ents. It is named after the oldest Ent, Treebeard or Treebeard after it. [wikipedia] It pains me to tell my fellow Californians, but a little over a week …Read the Rest…

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