I had a job interview with the Information Technology Department of the City of Port Townsend. The appointment was for 2:00pm at City Hall, but being that Port Towensend is across Puget Sound, getting there involved queuing up three hours prior to drive my truck onto a ferry. So I arrived at the Keystone Ferry Terminal at 11:30am, paid my $10.75 and waited for the boat. Ninety minutes later, we were steaming across Admiralty Inlet.
Of course, I had my camera and laptop hidden on the floor behind the passenger seat. After the interview (which I thought went pretty well), I fired up the GPS on my phone and headed over to the Port Townsend library to tap into their WiFi and write a thank you letter. Eighty cents later for print outs, I was able to drop the obligatory letter into a USPS mailbox, and made my way to Fort Worden State Park to photograph the Point Wilson Lighthouse.
It was a nice clear day, not a cloud in the sky, and about 80°F. When I got the the parking lot at the end of Harbor Defense Way, I switched into my hiking boots, strapped on the D7000, and headed over the the lighthouse. The path to the light is sandy and loose, so it’s a little slow going.
There are several buildings that make up the retired lighthouse complex, and along the way, I snapped a few shots… including one of a fearless seagull perched on an adjoining breakwater. At the lighthouse, I walked around and took several shots from several angles. I wish I could have ventured onto the beach and take some shots from perspectives not normally captured, but I was in “dress clothes” and Timberlands.
Suffering from asthma, or COPD, or whatever (evil lungs of death syndrome), I had to take a short break on a lovely park bench under the light. Once I got my breath back, I headed back to my truck. At the parking lot, I took a couple shots of the lighthouse through the tall grass along the edge. I opened the aperture and focused on the grass, forcing the lighthouse into the less-than-smooth bokeh of my Nikkor 24-85mm 3.5-4.5 lens. I liked result.
Leaving, I drove to a picnic area off Knapp Circle to get another vantage point. There were some wind-whipped pine trees that framed the lighthouse nicely, and I got several nice shots, including the one above where you can see Admiralty Inlet, Mount Baker, and the Point Wilson Lighthouse.
Before heading to the ferry terminal, I stopped for a liter of water. The wait for the boat back to Whidbey Island was a long one, and it was nearly 8:00pm before I got home.