Steel Railroad Bridge, Willapa Hills State Park Trail, Washington, 2021

Steel Railroad Bridge, Willapa Hills State Park Trail, Washington, 2021

After living three years in Pacific County, Washington, I'm still learning how the seasonal light falls on the local landscape.

With meandering coastlines and valleys, combined with surrounding hills and forests that block the sun, predicting desired light for photography can be challenging.

Recently, I set off in the morning to explore and follow the light where it leads me.

I followed State Route 6 out of Raymond. This section of the highway follows the Willapa River Valley to the east, eventually leading to Chehalis. The river winds its way like a snake through the valley, crossing under the road in multiple locations.

I eventually came across this old steel railroad bridge (circa 1896) bathed in the winter morning light. 

I shot a quick behind-the-scenes live video that morning. You can watch it on Facebook or Instagram.

The bridge and trail are part of the Willapa Hills State Park Trail. 

Long before there was a road into the Raymond/South area, the railroad served Willapa Bay. Eventually, the State of Washington state purchased the right away, leading to establishing the Willapa Hills State Park Trail that extends 56 miles between Chehalis in Lewis County and South Bend in Pacific County.

Thanks for reading. 

Steve

Originally posted at https://www.stevebisig.com/photo-steel-railroad-bridge-willapa-hills-state-park-trail-washington-2021/