There images are all from one days visits to the tulip fields, in 2015.
Every year the location of the tulip fields change. In 2015 there were very large fields of different color flowers, located near a barn, off of Best Road. It was a wonderful location, there were many trees, farm equipment, standing water, and of course the barn!
I visited the tulip fields for photos 18 times in 2015! All of these images are from one trip.
I just love the petals in the mud…
Its right about this time each year that I start to think about things like sunshine and warm, and flowers…not sure why!
The Andy Porter Images 2019 Calendar is available now and ready to ship! 13 stunning images of Washington State, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Enchantments these images are certain to brighten your day.
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Be sure to have a Northwest Forest Pass to park at the trailhead. You can get one in Sedro-Woolley at the Chamber Office on Metcalf Street and at the North Cascades National Park / Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office on Highway 20 in Sedro-Woolley.
Last Thursday I took 47 students on a field trip to Artist Point. It was awesome!
Artist Point is the coolest place you can drive a car here in our state, and on a fall day with nice weather its unforgettable. Located at the end of the Mount Baker Highway, at more than 5,000 feet elevation) Artist Point is right between Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan.
The weather was perfect and we had a blast. Most of the kids had never been to Artist Point before, in fact many had never been in the mountains until today!
Just the bus ride up the switch backs at the end of the highway was breath taking…
Mt Baker from Artist Point
Mt Shulsan and Picture Lake
This all started with Career Day; I was invited to the Burlington Edison High School to present what life is like for a professional photographer. I came and did the talk twice and the photo teacher started to recruit me, he was retiring soon and suggested I take his spot.
So now I am the Photography Teacher at the Burlington Edison High School! This is my 3rd year. I have a full schedule of Photography Classes, this semester I have about 165 students.
The school has about 40 Canon Rebel DSLRs; a wide selection of lenses, studio lights, Photoshop… so I can teach the students to take and edit cool pics. And field trips!
We stopped at Picture Lake for some shots of Mt Shuksan…
Often I go on a field trip and take few images, spending most time advising, but the light and setting was so stunning that managed to snap a few pics…
Picture Lake is right in the middle of the two ski areas. From there we drove up to the end of the highway, at Artist Point
Our next Field Trip adventure is Oct. 16th and I cant wait!
Fifty years ago, on October 2, 1967, the North Cascades National Park was created.
Diablo Overlook Panorama
From the first time I laid eyes on a map of the North Cascades I was captivated. The names of the peaks drew me in; Mt. Terror, Desolation Peak, Mount Fury. And then I saw a few pictures. The North Cascades looked like I thought mountains should look: deep dark forests, lush with life; sharp serrated peaks, ridge, after ridge, stretching to the horizon, donned with glaciers, spouting myriad waterfalls glistening in the sun….
My first visit was a mostly cloudy one. I hiked over Park Creek Pass from Stehekin. There were a few glimmers through the clouds of the majesty beyond.
It would be many years before I returned and tried again.
And I was able to confirm that indeed the North Cascades were everything I had dreamed of.
Lush forests and waterfalls
Mount Logan, North Cascades National Park
Sharp serrated peaks
Meadows and wildflowers…
Mount Shuksan from Skyline Divide
and endless vistas
Sunset on Copper Ridge
The North Cascades have not lost the feeling of wildness. For that I am grateful!
Happy Birthday, and Thank you, North Cascades National Park!