At Fort Worden: Autumn 2009, Etc.

January 11, 2012

Fort Worden State Park is the second most visited park in the Washington State Parks system and by far the most historically interesting of all the state parks. But it isn’t the history alone that attracts visitors to the park. The park has facilities for various annual venues including jazz, folk, and blues festivals, theatrical presentations, the traditional Fourth of July fireworks exhibit, a marine science museum, the State Rhododendron Garden (the native wild Rhododendron is the state flower) and many other attractions.

I have found, over the many times I have walked the grounds of the large park, that the out-of-service military instillation holds the most interest to me as a photographer. Fort Worden is very much unlike anything I have ever encountered outside of the Puget Sound area. It is the largest of a series of state forts that were built in the last part of the 19th Century to protect America from the threat of foreign invasion entering from the west by water from the Pacific Ocean and through the Straight of Juan de Fuca, which the fort overlooks from the Straight’s southern shore.

An interesting fact is that, after the military aspects of the Fort’s use ended, it was discovered that it would have been of little adequate use to hinder a concerted effort from invaders. It appears the gun placements were installed too far from their imagined targets and would have done next to nothing to stop the forward progress of ships. Oh well, yesterday’s military loss is today’s gain for history buffs and sightseers alike.

Here then is a small selection of some shots I’ve taken at the park in the last few years:

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All images Copyright 2012 G.W. German. All Rights Reserved.

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