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Early Winter Layers

Fresh snowcapped Mt. Baker rises above the distant horizon. Layers of fog and mist hanging in the lower valleys give what I like to call a dramatic "Dawn Of Creation" look.

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The Potholes Won't Stop Us

We turned off the smooth blacktop of Highway 542 East. The dirt national forest service road climbed immediately into the dense tree-lined path. The lichen-covered "primitive road" sign displayed an all too familiar warning. Hmmm... Travel at your own risk hinted at possible danger. But we were in a JEEP. Confidence and defiance slipped across our adventurous smiles as we rattled side to side through hyper plentiful potholes. Snow and rain had come last night to the high country. The road was muddy and wet. It was slow going while dodging large water-filled pockmarks on the road to heaven, swallowing our tires, and showering the high wheel wells. Up, up, up we rolled, heads growing sore necks from pothole encounters of the violent kind. We were in a JEEP, I tried to remember. An overlook where the tree line opened over a broad v-shaped valley view was our destination. I had been here before. I remembered the shapes and forms topped off by an ancient but quiet volcanic peak that rose over 10,000 feet from sea level.

A deer bounces across the dirt road, disappearing into the forest. We clatter through several more potholes, jostling the JEEP. We pass the 3200-foot level. A sharp switchback and we see some snow and mist appearing. For a moment we dipped into an area of fogged in evergreens. We could see sunlight illuminating a distant peak. More potholes. More switchbacks. More snow. We crossed a small stream flowing with fresh snowmelt. Another lone deer jostles by.

One more switchback. Shaded roadside rocks sported a covering of about 8 inches of snow. The dense trees had cleared, and we could see some valley mist as we approached 3800 feet. It was our destination. We parked the Jeep. The light was exciting, dramatic, and harsh. A clear steep valley laid out before us. The first splash of winter had recently painted the mountain evergreens a fresh layer of snow-white. There was not a clear cut to be seen.  Dramatic mists and hazes filled layers and holes of the valley below. A distant Mount Baker dominated the skyline.

The pristine late afternoon light was already starting to develop that warm yellow glow. Minimal time was expended drooling over the spectacular "dawn of time" view before us. Our cameras came to life. Click, Click, Click Click was the only sound! For nearly an hour we studied, we cropped, we composed, we waited for clouds to move, we waited for new light characteristics, and we clicked some more. Click, Click, Click. Time passed quickly. As the sun had sunk below an unseen distant horizon, we could feel the light fade and the temp drop. We closed up "shop" with a feeling that we had captured treasure... We lamented that post-processing would reveal or dash out efforts in the days ahead. 

Moments like these become a blessing to the pursuit of landscape photography. This image was one to remember. It is such a vast landscape that it needs to be printed large.

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Early Winter Layers

Fresh snowcapped Mt. Baker rises above the distant horizon. Layers of fog and mist hanging the the lower valleys give the what I like to call a dramatic "Dawn Of Creation" look.

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