Picture Lake with Mt. Shuskan – Sunrise, Daytime, Sunset…

It is amazing how the same place can look so different depending on the time of day… Picture Lake located in Washington State in Mt. Baker National Forest is the perfect example of this… 

It is simply an awe inspiring location any time of day but for me, first and last light are the most exceptional… especially when you add in the Belt of Venus,  some fresh snow, and Fall colors mixed in! This place is unmatched in beauty…

Sunrise far

Sunrise close

Daytime

Sunset

Full Color – San Juan Mountains

One of the most beautiful sunsets developed as  I was surrounded by golden aspens at their peak! In front of me lay the rugged Needle Mountains that was all lit up with a fiery red alpenglow… Surrounded by gorgeous colors,  the beautiful light enveloped everything around me including myself as I stood their in awe at God’s creation in full motion…

 

 

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Unlikely Survivors – Early winter storm in the San Juan Mountains

An early winter storm with bitter cold temperatures with snow snuck up on the San Juan Mountains killing every last wildflower or so I thought.

While hiking at 12.5k in the brisk wind, I stumbled across a small patch of paintbrush partially covered in snow. They had managed to survive the killing frost.

The snow insulated them from sure death as I sat there with them shivering in the brutal cold as a sunset was developing which helped to cheer up the now winter like landscape.  

Already longing for next year….

Unlikely survivors…