Mystique by cwexplorationphotography

It’s funny how things come full circle. I was up hiking in the Snoqualmie Pass area and I caught a glimpse of an old friend; McClellan Butte. I climbed that mountain about 6 years ago and to see it from this angle really gave me a whole new respect for it. I’m normally not a fan of high-key images but I felt challenged to snag something from this vantage point. To be honest I didn’t want to leave. I stayed there for about 4 hours until just after sunset before making my way home. I’ve got a handful more images from this shoot that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. Anywho hope that you’ll enjoy this one as much as I do!

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McClellan Butte, Snoqualmie Pass, WA

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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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Last of fall colors by longbachnguyen

Last of the fall colors in the Snoqualmie River Valley, Washington State from Cessna 182 airplane

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Riverside by JeremyDuncan

Another fall color image from 2014. I wasn’t able to get out much this year (2015). Not sure why but I am going to go ahead and blame it on pure laziness.

I wish I could say I hiked for miles to get this shot, but, alas, it is about five feet from my car. However, I never get bored of this area.

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