Desolation Peak is located on the east side of Ross Lake, along the border with the Pasayten Wilderness. There is a lookout tower atop Desolation, which is still manned by the park service. actually the lookout is a historical site, having been the inspiration to numerous authors, including Jack Kerouac and his book, “Desolation Angels”.
The hike from the lake shore to the summit is 4,500 feet gain in 4.5 miles and there is an official camp near the summit.
Celebrate the release of “The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby” by Braided River with all three authors in downtown Mt. Vernon, just blocks away from the mighty Skagit River.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm
Location: Skagit Station 105 E. Kincaid Mount Vernon, WA. 98273
This new conservation title explores the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades in lyrical words, informative maps and inspiring photographs. It features new work from Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich, prolific guidebook writer Craig Romano and interviewer and essayist Christian Martin, as well as a foreword by Richard Louv, fire lookout journal entries by Gary Snyder and photographs from Paul Bannick, John Scurlock, Andy Porter, John D’Onofrio, Brett Baunton, Ethan Welty and Art Wolfe and many others.
I will be there and provide a short slide show at the end!
Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by Skagit Land Trust. Photo by Steph Abegg. Learn more at http://www.wildnearby.org.
To commemorate 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act the Wilderness 50 Coalition established a photo contest. The winners and honorable mentions, more than 100 images in all, are now on display at the Smithsonian!
Here is the link to the Wilderness Forever site.
I was lucky enough to have an image chosen as an honorable mention! Here it is.
I have never had any images win any thing or get chosen for any exhibition, and I must say its quite an honor. The winning images are really stunning. My favorite is the Milky Way shot over Second Beach in Olympic National Park. But have a look for yourself!
I am officially scheduled to deliver a short workshop on how to capture images of the Milky Way. The workshop will be held at the Diablo Lake Overlook, on Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. I am putting on the class through the North Cascades National Park.
Have you ever seen stunning images of the Milky Way? And have you ever wondered how YOU could take pictures like this of the night sky? Come learn with professional photographer Andy Porter!
The workshop is scheduled for Friday night, August 22nd, at 10pm. IF its a cloudy night, the class will be rescheduled for Friday night, August 29th, also at 10pm.
If you’d like to learn how to do it, come on out, we’ll have lots of fun!
Last weekend I made it to Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Baker to get Milky Way shots, and here they are!
During the entire month of July I will have my prints on display at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, in Mount Vernon.
Left Fork Canyon, Zion National Park This print is a panorama and is quite stunning.
Every month the Co-op offers their space to artists to display their work, each for a month showing.
North Fork Bridge Creek and Mount Logan, North Cascades National Park This water fall is in a cirque carpeted with wildflowers and surrounded by waterfalls streaming down from Mount Logan…
I will have a wide range of prints on display, ranging from $80 for 12 x 18″ canvas wrapped prints, to $180 for some of the large pieces, 24″ x 36″ or 15″ x 40″ canvas prints. If you’d like to order prints, contact me and I can have them shipped directly to your home. And you can choose the size as well!
Skagit Valley Tulips at Sunrise This print is big, 24 x 36, and very bright!
All of the images in this post will be on display/sale!
Morning at Sahale Glacier Camp In September this image will be displayed in the Smithsonian , in Wash. DC. as a part of th 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
This mountain goat came early one morning to visit at Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park.
The tent sites are atop three big piles of rubble, from the glacier above.
The goat was hanging out looking for places where someone had peed so that he could get some salt!
The goat had a minimum safe distance of about 10 feet. He was happy to be that close, but if I took one step closer he would back off that same distance.
The large white mountain way in the distance here is Mount Rainier.
Photomegre is one of the multitude of Photoshop Tools. It is a system of merging 2 or more images into a panorama.
Here are two original jpeg images from Sahale Glacier Camp. I took these with the thought in mind to later merge them. using a tripod I captured one image and carefully swung the camera on the tripod and lined up the second one. It wasn’t any fancy movement, I made note in my mind of where the frame’s edge was and pointed the camera in the approximate place to take up where the first image left off, planning for some overlap. I was using a 24 mm lens. I set my image quality when capturing the images so that I would have both a RAW file and a jpeg of the shots.
Once back home I opened both of the raw files together in Photoshop CS6 and synchronized them so that what ever changes I made to one were duplicated on the other. I worked to lighten the foreground and darken the sky. Using the sliders for highlights, shadows, exposure, clarity, whites and contrast I played around until I liked the result.
I also used the brush tool on the foreground to bring out more details on the rocks.
Opening the panorama as a jpeg image I filled in the corners using the clone stamp tool and tweaked the levels settings a bit, and Viola! Here is the final image.
I have printed the image as a 40″ x 15″ canvas print and it is very stunning.
For some time now I have donated use of my images to various groups. Washington Trails Association, North Cascades Institute, The Sierra Club, Washington Wild, National Resources Defense Fund, National Park Foundation, Cascade Loop Magazine and others have all used my images to help promote their message(s) of conservation, environmental protection and tourism.
This the first time one of my images has been used directly to promote something very important to me, namely, Global Warming and Climate Change! I am excited to attend the event.
This image is of Mount Baker and the Coleman Glacier from the Heliotrope Trail, on the north side of Mount Baker, in the North Cascades, in Washington State.
Here is an image I captured and it is now on the cover of the May/June Issue of Northwest Magazine! The image is Mount Logan and a waterfall on the North Fork Bridge Creek Trail, North Cascades National Park. One of my favorite places in the North Cascades…Here is a link describing how to get there!
Here is my full sized original image: