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From Sea to Sky

By Adrian Zupp

When Peter headed up to Washington State and the Olympic Peninsula at the wettest time of year, he was facing some unique challenges. He was also going to see some places he’d never seen before.

What also made this trip – and the related “From the Edge with Peter Lik” episode – different to most was that it took in diverse landscapes: much like the Hawai’i episode that kicked off the series.

Then there was the rain.

“It rarely lets up,” explained Peter. “The wettest place in the lower forty-eight. That doesn’t just mean it gets uncomfortable, it means it’s tough to get a clean shot of anything. It was a particular issue when we took the river into the Hoh Rainforest, a place I’d never been before. You basically just have to wait it out.”

This episode takes Peter from sea to sky: from the rugged, wave whipped coastline, to the Hoh Rainforest, then up a mountain road to a place called Hurricane Ridge.

“That place was very appropriately named,” said Peter. “The winds can get up to seventy-five miles an hour. When you get up there, the temperature has dropped dramatically, and you’re surrounded by the massive snowy peaks of the Olympic Mountain Range. It’s spectacular! But out on the ridge, the wind not only made photography really difficult, it threatens to blow you off the ridge.”

Peter’s work involves that constant duel challenge: defying dangers and hardships, and getting the right conditions for a great shot.

Tune in to The Weather Channel, this Thursday, at the new time of 9/8c to see how Peter makes out in the wet and wild environs of Olympic National Park, Washington.

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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