Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit in Strait of Juan de Fuca in Puget Sound, Washington

View from Dungeness Spit © 2010 Bo Mackison

North of Olympic National Park and the city of Port Angeles, Washington is a National Wildlife Refuge called the Dungeness Spit. The refuge’s main attraction is a 5 1/2 mile long spit that stretches into the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Puget Sound. At high tide, portions of the spit are only 50 feet wide and are occasionally breached by the tides. The bay side of the spit is a calm harbor, and provides safety for baby seals and other sea creatures.

In the background are a few of the peaks in Olympic National Park. Some have glaciers, some mountains still have snow as it is still early in their “summer season.”

The spit is a wild place to walk, first a half mile walk through old growth forest hanging with mosses and filled with ferns, then a scramble down a cliff, and finally out on the spit for more scrambling over rocks and huge driftwood logs. What a majestic bit of wilderness!

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. You sure captured a beautiful piece of it, Bo!

  2. You captured it beautifully, Bo. And your words, especially that last paragraph, make me want to hop on a plane and take a walk in the wild place.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Robin. I’d love to go back myself. I hardly had time to explore before the sun was near to setting.

  3. Gandalf says:

    A wonderful photo. I can almost smell the ocean.

  4. Oh, that is so lovely. It sends me into a sense of wondering about that beach… who all have expierenced such a place? Mhmmm, too wonderful for words.

  5. OMG, OMG,OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG….I think I just exploded with happiness. Just the SOUND of that place was so tasty and rich and rewarding. Just look at those rocks on the beach! Fortunately, here there are only shells and little rocks. My baggie wouldn’t be able to contain all the flotsam and jetsam I would collect there! Wow! Oh, man….paradise!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      All protected stuff, Debi. You’re baggies would have to come home empty. National Park, ya know! (However down the coast about 30 miles, hey, there you are on your own!)

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