Posts Tagged ‘Cascade Mountains’

Mountain Heather, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington Cascades

Pink mountain heather in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” — Edward Abbey


Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Washington

Pond below Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Hwy 20, Wenatchee National Forest, North Cascades, Washington

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson  


Western Red Cedar, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Western red cedar, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something – that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


Snowshoeing in the North Cascades, Washington

Snowshoeing in the North Cascades, Mt Baker in Background, Washington Cascade Mountains

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” — Aristotle


Downey Creek Trail, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Trail through old growth forest, Downey Creek Trail, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir


Snowshoeing Mount Baker National Recreation Area, Washington

Women snowshoeing, Washington Cascade Mountains

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Scrambling in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State

Man scrambling along lichen covered ridge, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” — Sir Richard Burton


Snow on Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Washington State

Snow on Liberty Bell Mountain at sunrise, Washington Pass, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb toward it.” — Edmund Hillary A classic view of Liberty Bell Mountain from the Washington Pass Overlook on a snowy early […]


Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Sunrise over Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton


Alpine Stream, Cascade Mountains

Small stream running through snowfields in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Coming near the edge of the snowfield I find running water close to the surface, visible among the rocks.  I stop to drink.  The water is bitterly, brilliantly cold with particles of glacier silt — utterly delicious.” — Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


16 Images That Show Why I’m Proud to Live in the Pacific Northwest

Man hiking along snowy ridge, Silver Peak, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Cascade Mountains, Washington

It’s pretty hard to beat the Pacific Northwest as a place to hang your rain hat. This post illustrates some of the things I love about home in the PNW, which I originally wrote for the Matador Network. It all starts with the forces that form this land. As the Pacific plate slowly slides down […]


Even More Boulder River

Un-named waterfalls fall into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

My wife and I enjoyed the Boulder River Trail so much last weekend, that we decided to hiked it with friends again this weekend.  


Boulder River Waterfalls

Boulder River, Washington

The Boulder River Trail is a spring classic in my book.  When the high country is packed with snow and I want a quick spring photo trip on a cloudy day, it’s the Boulder River that I turn to for its waterfalls, mossy boulders, canyon walls, old-growth forest and wildflowers.  This natural beauty is protected […]


Walking Through a Land of Rock and Ice

Mother and daughter hikers hiking on First Burroughs Mountain with Emmons Glacier ice in background, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

The heavily crevassed Emmons Glacier dwarfs two hikers on First Burroughs Mountain in Mount Rainier National Park.


Glacier Peak – Washington Cascade Mountains

East face of Glacier Peak viewed from Buck Creek Pass, Cascade Mountains, Washington

While the original 4-day plan was to backpack to Buck Creek Pass, climb Buck Mountain and then traverse the Massie Lake High Route, I had to settle for just Buck Creek Pass due to boot problems.  The sole of my left boot came off 10 miles from the trailhead, making extensive off-trail travel and scrambling […]


Peak Wildflower Bloom at Mount Rainier National Park

Sub-alpine wildflowers in peak bloom, Paradise meadows, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

August 27, 2012 A heavy snow pack and beautiful summer weather have conspired to produce a stellar wildflower bloom in the subalpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park.  I found the meadows in peak bloom this weekend in the Paradise and Mazama Ridge areas, with lupine, paintbrush, bistort, aster, arnica, sitka valerian and more all […]


Dawn Over Mount Index

Star trails in dawn sky over Mount Index coverred in winter snow, Washington Cascade Mountains, Pacific Northwest

Star trails over snowy Mount Index, Washington Cascade Mountains It’s 5:00am and pitch black when I leave the trailhead for Heybrook Lookout Trail.  A screech owl is yammering away as I leave the car and begin the ascent into the creepy darkness. 30 minutes and 1.3 miles later, I’ve climbed 850 feet and arrive at […]


Boulder River

An unnamed waterfall drops into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

An unnamed waterfall plunges into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Washington State I’ve been catching up on my photo processing, working through a few unprocessed photo shoots from last year.  Here is a selection of photos from a June hike up the Boulder River Trail, in Washington State’s central Cascade Mountains.The Boulder River cuts […]


Autumn on the Stillaguamish River

Autumn leaves on boulders, South Fork Stillaguamish River, Washington

South Fork Stillaguamish River, Cascade Mountains, Washington State As winter arrives to the Cascade Mountains, I did some shooting in the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River valley this weekend.  This river, just 20 miles from my home, drains the southern half of the scenic Mountain Loop Highway, an area in Washington’s Central Cascades popular […]