Queets River Photo Essay by Benj Wadsworth
A semi-professional outdoor adventure and landscape photographer, Benj Wadsworth captures images on his off-the-beaten-path adventures around North America. He skis, kayaks, packrafts, and hikes from his home base in Seattle, Wash., and he carries a camera with him everywhere.
“My photos attempt to capture the natural beauty of the outdoors and the human spirit on display in the outdoor environment that has become such a big part of my life,” Wadsworth says. “I hope people enjoy my photos as much as I love taking them, and if nothing else, may they inspire others to get outside and seek adventure.”
Wadsworth is also arecovering whitewater kayaking addict who has been on a bit of a hiatus from rivers while exploring the sea. But packrafting, he says, is getting him excited about whitewater all over again. These photos are from a trip he did on the Queets River, Washington, in 2018. Just over 52 miles long with a 204-square-mile drainage basin, the Queets lies primarily within Olympic National Park and empties into the Pacific Ocean.
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Captions and photos by Benj Wadsworth. Featured photo caption: Tim Halder warms up in the emerald pool at the put in, day three.