Trail to Sunny Pass, Pasayten Wilderness 3

Pasayten Wilderness Wildflowers

The Pasayten Wilderness is more than 500,000 acres of splendor: lush meadows, rugged peaks, sweeping vistas, deep valleys, thick forests and wildflowers…lots of wildflowers!

July brings an explosion of color, thickets of flowers bursting aloud, the bright colors of Indian Paint Brush and Lupine off setting each other in grand style.

Here, see what I mean:

These images are from a trip along the trail to Sunny Pass. From Tonasket take the road to Loomis, ascend along the Toats Coulee Road to the Iron Gate Trailhead and Camp. The flowers start not far from the trips start!

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July 4th Carnival

The 4th of July brings the carnival to town.

The bright colors pull me in!

I shot these images with a Canon 6D and a 14mm lens.

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Washington Pass Meadows

Washington Pass is located along the North Cascades Highway. It is the high point along the route, at more than 5,000 feet.

There is a Lookout there, a parking area and a short trail leads to the overlook.

I have been there dozens of times, and only this last week discovered the wonderful meadows nearby, when I was there for North Cascades Photo Tours.

Here are a few pics!

Light Show at Washington Pass

Night Sky at Washington Pass Overlook

Photographing the Night Sky at Washington Pass Overlook, along the North Cascades Highway is spectacular.

Far away from any ambient light the skies are dark.

The looming peak of Liberty Bell Mountain and the hairpin curve of the highway below add to the scene.

This is one of the top locations I use for the North Cascades Night Sky Tours.

Here are some images from my many visits.

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Samish Overlook Para Gliders

Samish Overlook is a wonderful place for views.

I visited this morning, hoping to get a few shots of the view with some flowers.

I did!

And I got an extra bonus of two people paragliding off!

Landscape Class July 11

Photo Classes at North Cascades National Park

Photo Classes at North Cascades National Park

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Landscape Class July 11

This is definite cause for celebration! National Parks are fantastic places, full of wonder and fun.

I am proud to be leading two classes in the North Cascades National Park this summer!

The first class is a Landscape Photography Workshop, scheduled for Monday, July 11th from 6 to 9pm. The class will be held at the North Cascades National Park Visitors Center, in Newhalem.

Be sure to bring your camera! We will start the class with a lecture and slide show covering the basic of Nature Photo Composition and then we will head out side to practice what our new-found knowledge!


Night Sky Aug. 1The second class is a Night Sky Photography Class. This will be held on Monday, August 1st at the Diablo Lake Overlook, at Mile Marker 132, on the North Cascades Highway.

This class is for anyone interested in capturing images of the Milky Way. There will be no moon in the sky, and if we get clear skies we will be able to see and capture the arc of the Milky Way above Diablo Lake!

See the flyer here for a list of what you need to bring!

Both classes are free. Hope to see you there!

Email me of you have any questions:

Mount Logan, North Cascades National Park

North Cascades Greeting Cards

North Cascades Greeting cards are now available!

There are 12 different images that you can order.

Each card is printed on 80lb smooth, high quality paper. The folded size is 6.25″ x 4.5″. The inside of each card is blank. Cards come with matching envelopes. The back of each card has a description of the location of each image.

Here is the selection.

There are two packages to choose from.

Assorted Pack of 24 cards (2 of each image, or you choice) $48

Assorted Pack of 48 cards (4 of each image, or your choice) $80

Follow this link to order your cards today!

If you would like a different mix of cards please specify how many of each card when you check out, or email me at: andyporterphotography@gmail.comIndividual Cards are now available at the North Cascades National Park Bookstore on Highway 20 in Sedro-Woolley and at the Skagit Valley Food Coop, in Mount Vernon.