Washington is always green, even in winter. But it gets much brighter and more colorful in the springtime. Here is a photo I shot in my back yard a couple weeks ago as the sun was dropping toward the horizon.
Priest Point park is a great place to go walking or have a picnic just outside the downtown Olympia area. Here are is a shot of the new and budding foliage as viewed from one of the trails.
I took some HDR sequences on a tripod the same day. The light was so contrasty I thought it might be a good idea. That turned out to be true, because I couldn’t get my normally exposed image to look as good as the HDR trio combined into a single image. I tend to go a little extreme with the colors and contrast, so of course they don’t look completely natural.
All of these photos were taken with my Canon EOS 7D and the EF 17-40mm f/4L lens. I have used this lens for 10 years now and I love it! It’s been well worth the $750 I forked over for it. If the 16-35mm f/2.8L wasn’t more than twice the price, I might have gone for that, but the 17 does such an awesome job that I’m very happy with it.