The Thaw by northwestcapture

As I’ve mentioned in the captions of several posts in the past, Vinny Pickens and I had one amazing trip to the North Cascades a couple summers ago. I’m still not done processing all the keepers that whirlwind four days, but here’s the latest.

We chose this location for backpacking on the final night our trip. I can still vividly remember how tired we were on the way to the lake since we had already spent several days hiking. To make matters worse, most of the trail was exposed and it was a brutally hot summer day. By the time we reached the lake we were both exhausted and dehydrated. Once we had a bit of time to set up camp and rest, we realized that we chose the absolute perfect time to visit.

The lake was about 2/3 of the way thawed, leaving pieces of ice floating about. As the sun dropped low on the horizon, the clouds began to part, allowing for a warmly lit mountain backdrop to appear. To cap things off, some fog began to form over the lake during the sudden temperature change as evening took hold. It was an amazing experience being out there to witness this.

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Gateway by lmemrick

This is a spot that Addam and I keep revisiting every chance we can. It was the first waterfall I saw up close and personal in Washington, and it quickly became one of my favorites not only for sentimental reasons, but also because of the quiet way it always takes my breath away.

I remember the first time I came here, I couldn’t even bring myself to take photos at first. Before I even got my camera out, I laid down on a huge, mossy tree that had long ago fallen across the creek downstream. I recall lying there staring up at the cedar trees, listening to the rush of the waterfall, the trickle as the creek continued downstream, taking it all in. I felt like this place, this gateway to the North Cascades, had claimed me.

Surrounded by huge cedars and very unstable rock cliffs, this hidden gem always makes me a little fearful, but we can’t help but return time and time again. Due to the instability of the rock and the volatile weather that this area of the mountains typically sees, we are always treated to a different version of the waterfall each time we come back. Still beautiful, regardless of what has come to pass during our absence, it never disappoints.

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With the Lights Out by MichaelBollino

A star-filled night sky rises over Mount Shuksan in Washington State’s North Cascades. I’d wanted to visit Lake Ann for more years than I care to remember. Luckily my family and I found ourselves with some time this past summer and quickly decided to finally make the trip happen. The trail’s four mile length and trailhead to destination beauty make this an ideal backpack for younger kids. Anyway, the image here made use of wide angle distortion to “pull” the mountain peak upward. Several exposures were used to complete the scene, all taken from the same spot within an hour and a half of each other.
Took some work to pull together in post but I’m fairly satisfied with the results. Hope you enjoy!


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