This place is likely one of the most scenic areas close to my home. I am fortunate to live within an hour (with an easy border crossing experience) of Artist Point. This image was taken a few weeks ago on the same day as my earlier Picture Lake post.
Made the trip up to Artist Point last night – just caught the last bit of nice light. A portion of my shots were unusable as a lot of mosquitoes decided that it would be a good idea to take up residence in my lens hood and I was in too much of a hurry to notice. Note to self: I will get there earlier next weekend and I will bring bug spray.
The decent sunset is courtesy smoke from forest fires in Washington State and BC.
EDIT: I have since cropped and reprocessed this panorama to include just the portion with Mount Baker:
1. 31 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM @ 20mm
Major mountains I can ID in this photo: American Border Peak, Mt. Larrabee, Winchester Mountain, Goat Mountain, Mt. Sefrit, Mt. Shuksan, Shuksan Arm, Mt. Baker, Tabletop Mountain
2. Another version of the same panorama. This one is cropped to 1) include less of the “superfluous” scenery and 2) to preserve the potential idea that I hiked my ass off to get up there by cropping out the parking lot!
In August I travelled further up the road from Picture Lake at the Mt. Baker Ski area for the first time. Artist Point is just a few minutes away from Picture lake yet I had never been there. Unfortunately, the road closed in late September for the season and I won’t be able to return until June or July when the road reopens.
Artist Point in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. 7 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
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