Talapus & Olallie Lakes

Today was a another beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest and we took advantage of the weather on the Talapus Lake Trail.

hiking shoes

f4.8, 1/800sec, ISO-6400

The six mile, round-trip hike was fairly easy with only 1,220 ft. elevation gain. About two miles into the hike we stopped at Talapus Lake for a quick rest before hiking an additional mile to Olallie Lake.

Talapus Lake f9, 1/400sec, ISO-400

Talapus Lake
f9, 1/400sec, ISO-400

Olallie Lake f10, 1/500sec, ISO-320

Olallie Lake
f10, 1/500sec, ISO-320

When we stopped at Olallie Lake, a chipmunk was more than happy to make our acquaintance.  I suspect he has been fed by humans before since he was not scared of us and was searching around for a bite to eat.  In all his scurrying around I managed to snap a photo of him before he realized we would not be a food source and took off.

f10, 1/320sec, ISO-6400

f10, 1/320sec, ISO-6400

The swampy areas around Lake Olallie were highly populated with frogs.  At first we saw only a few, but on closer inspection we discovered there were far more frogs than we could possibly count.  They were camouflaged well and would dive under water, swimming to find a place to hide from us.

f10, 1/4000sec, ISO-6400

f10, 1/4000sec, ISO-6400