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Desolation Peak

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.

Desolation Peak from Ross Lake

Desolation Peak from Ross Lake

Desolation Peak Lookout

Desolation Peak Lookout

Ross Lake from Desolation Peak, Sunrise

Ross Lake from Desolation Peak, Sunrise

Ross Lake from Desolation Peak

Ross Lake from Desolation Peak

Ross Lake Sunset

Ross Lake Sunset

Ross Lake Sunset

Ross Lake Sunset


Deception Pass at Night

Last night I returned and captured images from close under and down below the bridge. I will be back!

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge


Deception Pass State Park

The bridge connecting Whidbey Island to the mainland at Deception Pass is one of the photographic icons of this area. Wooded slopes and sheer cliffs towering over a deep fast channel make it dramatic. The span itself lends to being photographed.

I visited on Thanksgiving to get air and scout for spots to photograph at night. The light was warm and inviting. Here are a few shots.

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Bridge

Deception Pass State Park Water

Deception Pass State Park Water

Deception Pass State Park Trail

Deception Pass State Park Trail

Deception Pass State Park Throwing

Deception Pass State Park Throwing

Deception Pass State Park Viewpoint

Deception Pass State Park Viewpoint

Deception Pass State Park Trees

Deception Pass State Park Trees


Images for the new 2015 Washington State Scenic Calendar

Skagit Valley Barn

Skagit Valley Barn

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Mount Rainier and the Milky Way. The lights on the mountains flanks are headlamps of climbers headed for the summit.

Samish River Boats

Samish River Boats

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail

Lake Ann from the Maple Pass Trail

Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway

Liberty Bell and the North Cascades Highway

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

Spider Meadows

Spider Meadows

Skagit Valley

Skagit Valley

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Park Butte Lookout and Mount Baker

Dandelions in May

Dandelions in May


Maple Pass – Lake Ann Loop, North Cascades

The weather forecast called for a 40% chance of thunder showers, a perfect afternoon to head up into the North Cascades.

Lake Ann, from the Maple Pass Trail.

Lake Ann, from the Maple Pass Trail.


Lake Ann framed in Fireweed

Lake Ann framed in Fireweed

The 7-mile loop trail is perfect. The parking area is right off of the highway, at Rainy Pass which is about 4,800 ft elevation. The trail switchbacks up through thick forest, swings along side an open curved slope and climbs to the junction with a spur trail to Lake Ann. Continuing up, you break out of the trees as the path angles up, above the lake, on its way to Heather Pass. There are camping spots here, and often water. Every step from here is better than the last, the views open up: Cutthroat Peak is right across the highway, Black Peak and the spikes of Early Winter Spires and countless other peaks all adorn the horizon.

Maple Pass Trail: Switchbacks headed down

Maple Pass Trail: Switchbacks headed down

Meadows of Green and Storm Clouds

Meadows of Green and Storm Clouds

Once you reach Maple Pass you can see south, into the Glacier Peak Wilderness and beyond. Soon the trail reaches its highest point and you can see the switchbacks steeply plunging down, down to the shores of Rainy Lake.

Wildflowers along the Maple Pass Trail

Wildflowers along the Maple Pass Trail

Storm Clouds along Maple Pass Trail

Storm Clouds along Maple Pass Trail

If you start later in the day (hit the trail at 2pm or so) you’ll get some wonderful light. Just remember to bring head lamps and flashlights for the hike down in the dark!


Mount Baker

Mount Baker
These images of Mount Baker were captured from the Park Butte Trail, on the south side of the mountain.

Mount Baker
I had stayed overnight at the lookout tower and was on the way down at sunrise.

Mount Baker
The rock formations on the left side of Mount Baker are called the Black Buttes.

Mount Baker
Merry Christmas!


Canvas Prints on Sale

Happy Holidays! Time for a Christmas Fire Sale!

Here is a sampling of Canvas Wrapped Prints which I have for sale, now. Below each image is its caption, size of print and price. Please message me if anything interests you!

Tulips Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 12″ x 41″ Canvas Wrapped Print $79.00

sunset through an open window Skagit Valley Sunset 23″ x 26″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00

Untitled_Panorama 4emm Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park 15″ x 41″ Canvas Wrapped Print $79.00

AndyPorter_Shuksan_Landscape Mount Shuksan 12″ x 27″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00

AndyPorter_MountBaker_Landscape Mount Baker in the Morning Light 16″ x 24″ Canvas Wrapped Print $49.00

AndyPorter_CopperRidge_Landscape Copper Ridge, North Cascades National Park 12″ x 26″ Canvas Wrapped Print $49.00

skagit valley 1emm Skagit Valley from Sauk Mountain 18″ x 24″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00

carnival 2em Sedro-Woolley Carnival 20″ x 26″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00

Pasayten Wilderness Wildflowers on the PCT em Pasayten Wilderness Wildflowers on the PCT 12″ x 18″ Canvas Wrapped Print $39.00

Red Tulips Reflected, Skagit Valley Red Tulips Reflected, Skagit Valley 12″ x 18″ Canvas Wrapped Print $39.00

Red Tulips, Blue and Orange Sky Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 20″ x 30″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00

Morning at Sahale Glacier Camp Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park
16″ x 22″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park
12″ x 18″ Canvas Wrapped Print $39.00

Skagit Valley Skagit Valley Clouds
12″ x 18″ Canvas Wrapped Print $39.00

Sequim Balloon Festival Sequim Balloon Festival 12″ x 18″ Canvas Wrapped Print $39.00

Mount Logan and waterfall North Cascades National Park Mount Logan, North Cascades National Park20″ x 30″ Canvas Wrapped Print $59.00


Sunrise along Edison Slough

Edison is a small town in NW Washington, not far from Puget Sound. Located in Skagit County, Edison is just north of the town, Bow, along Chuckanut Drive. Heading west, passing through town the Bayview-Edison Road zig-zags and soon comes to a cause-way type bridge over the slough.

Here is a series of images from sunrise, 11/23/2013 from both sides of the bridge. barn 1em Here is a barn along the way, on Farm To Market Road…

These next 4 images are from just before the sun crested the horizon…

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Once the morning sun’s rays arrived the scene changed, adding an entirely different light…
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Walking back and forth along the top of the bridge there is a lot to capture!
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These next two images are of the same boat, from opposite sides.
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Crossing the road and looking south west here is the view of water.
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Enchantments

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The Enchantments is an area with in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, near Leavenworth, Washington.

Crammed into a small area there are myriad lakes, tarns and jagged peaks. One of the many allures of the Enchantments are the larches which turn bright orange and yellow in the fall. The juxtaposition of (hopefully) blue skies, green spruce, orange larch and as we encountered, white snow, is a wonder on the eyes!

To camp overnight requires a permit. To get a permit involves entering a lottery and hoping for good luck!

Earlier this year I decided to apply for the permits and was lucky enough to win a permit for October. However the weather at the start of October was horrific, high winds, a veritable deluge of rain and in the upper alpine zones, snow. By the time my allotted time came around things started to brighten up, and so, off I went.

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I managed to recruit two hardy souls to come along and we headed over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth and on up to the Snow Lakes Trail head. the first days hike was a little more than 10 miles and 4,000feet of elevation gain and we camped out on a sand bar along the shore of Upper Snow Lake.
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Day two brought partly sunny skies and we hoisted our heavy packs for the 4 mile hike up to Lake Viviane. The trail was steep in spots and there was much snow. The area around the lake was very windy, and it took some time to find a flat, sheltered place for the tent.
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The snow was as much as 2 to 3 feet deep in places. But so many people had traveled over the path that hiking was relatively easy.

At night I tried a few starry sky shots…
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The 3rd day we awoke early to more sun and clouds and headed further up, on towards the Upper Lakes.
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The mix of clouds, sky, larch and snow was perfect.
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Leprechaun Lake was especially photogenic!
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By late afternoon the skies looked decidedly dark and so we made our way back down to Upper Snow Lake and back to the car the next day…

I am definitely planning on entering the lottery again for the next years hiking season!


2014 Washington State Calendar for Sale!

The New Year is almost here…well not really, but it IS time to think about 2014 Calendars!!!

A BIG Thank You to everyone who offered input by voting for their favorite images! If one of your faves is missing I am sorry and will try to include them in the 2015 version!

Here are 12 images of Washington State: From the Mount Rainier to Mount Olympus, Skagit Valley to Puget Sound; balloons, tulips and glaciers, waterfalls and the Milky Way…all photographed in vibrant color…

Skagit Valley from Sauk MountainEnchantments, Fall 2013Moon and Orion just before sunrise, from Cypress IslandSequim Balloon Festival, Getting startedRed Tulips and Orange Sky, Skagit Valley, WashingtonGoat Rocks Wilderness
Liberty Bell from the Washington Pass Lookout on the North Cascades HighwayWildflowers at Jim Pass along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Pasayten WildernessMorning at Sahale Glacier CampHiking Along the Baker RiverMount BakerMt Olympus and Blue Glacier

2014 Washington State Calendar, a set on Flickr.

The Calendar is printed on thick (100#) White Linen Paper. The exact calendar size will be 12.5 x 18.5″. It is Wire Bound with calendar hanger.

The printing is magnificent, all of the images are very sharp.

The cost is $30.00 each with a $8.00 shipping cost (for shipping anywhere in the US, if you’d like it shipped overseas, email me for prices)
AndyPorterPhotography@gmail.com

Send in your payments (checks or money orders only, please!) to:

Andy Porter
440 Nelson Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

The calendars will ship out within 24 hours of your order being received.

NOTE: The calendars are for sale in Sedro-Woolley at
The North Cascade Veterinary Hospital on Highway 20
The Sedro -Woolley Chamber of Commerce, located down town on Metcalf Street
Cook Chiropractic on 639 Sunset Park Drive
North Cascades National Park headquarters on Highway 20

Thank you!!

Andy

Here is the Cover Shot for the Calendar: AndyPorter_Goode_Landscape Goode Mountain, North Cascades National Park


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