Deliciously Eerie Photos of the Places ‘Twin Peaks’ Made Iconic

The Turkish-German photographer went to Oregon and shot locations from David Lynch's classic show, as well as tons of cool trees and landscapes.

This month, a friend and I ventured on a road trip through the Pacific Northwest. After not seeing each for three years – three years! – we met in Portland, Oregon and drove to Cannon Beach, where three massive almond-shaped rocks sit in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, stately and proud.

Then, it was on to the little town of Ashford. It’s mostly forest and lies at the base of Mount Rainier, one of America’s deadliest active volcanoes. At over 14,000 ft, Mount Rainier’s not exactly a mountain you want to mess with. While it’s often cool and clear for the first hundred feet, the weather changes rapidly as you drive in loops up to home base at 5,400 ft. Mount Rainier is so much taller than anything else nearby that it actually creates its own weather and is icy for most of the year. Naively, we had expected greenery and fields of flowers, but what we found was a stark black and white landscape, sheets of snow pinpricked by the occasional pine tree or waterfall.

We never even fully got to see Mount Rainier (not until we got to Seattle and observed it from a distance, gigantic and majestic as hell) because of the rain and the fog. So we filled our stomachs with homemade cherry pie from a nearby diner, spent the night falling asleep to the most ear-shattering thunder I’ve ever heard and then made our way to North Bend, Washington. The town is known for being featured in David Lynch’s cult classic TV show and film, Twin Peaks.

There, we headed to Twede’s Cafe, a classic American diner that they used in the original series and recently filmed in for the new series coming out next week. I had a “damn fine cup of coffee,” as hoped, and we went on to the nearby Snoqualmie Falls, the beautiful waterfall featured during the opening credits of the show.

From there it was on to Seattle, which was infinitely more beautiful than I expected. Every street had a row of eclectic, slightly rustic houses, with the sea almost always in view. With all the time we spent driving and observing the amazing scenery, I almost had to remind myself to take photos because I was so astounded by my surroundings. And there was no feeling better than catching up with a best friend after a thousand days apart, warm in the comfort of our car, singing our hearts out (badly) to various playlists and happy to be together again among the beautiful pine trees that seemed to follow us everywhere.