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Subapline Lupines and Mount Shuksan

Subalpine Lupines (Lupinus arcticus ssp. subalpinus) on Kulshan Ridge with Mount Shuksan in the background – Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington State, USA.

subalpine lupines on kulshan ridge with mount shuksan washington

Subalpine Lupines (Lupinus arcticus ssp. subalpinus) on Kulshan Ridge (Purchase)

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   This is an older image from 2010 that I recently reprocessed. I have always liked this photo of Subalpine Lupines (Lupinus arcticus) flowering along Kulshan Ridge with Mount Shuksan in the background. The older version had that were just not that clear. There was a good breeze coming through there that evening and getting a still shot of the flowers was not easy. In fact, I had thought I had failed that mission, and published one on my blog and website that didn’t have the clearest Lupines. This is a different exposure, though a slightly different composition. It occasionally pays to keep some of my old files around!

   This evening was my first outing with my first Graduated Neutral Density filter. I had never used one, but read a lot about them and a bit on how to use it. My photos from this evening were a big eye opener as to what was possible, and this beautiful location was certainly a big help. I also learned what they can do to trees that are on the horizon line but hopefully that is not too distracting in this photo.

   The Artist Point area on Kulshan Ridge gets a ton of foot traffic as the parking lot is nearby. As a consequence, a lot of the vegetation gets trampled and destroyed. With the amount of snow that falls here each winter, there is a very very short growing season for these plants, so growing back after a repeated tourist trampling is not easy. Unfortunately I could not get my old tripod into a good position to photograph these so I had to convert myself into a pretzel to get low enough to look through the viewfinder. My old camera had no live view which would have helped immensely. One foot on a rock, a hand on another rock, and one hand on the camera… I only hit the mosses and other plants once with one of my hands. So I was successful in not damaging nature to get my nature photograph, but I did manage to pull a muscle in my leg which didn’t feel right for a week. I think the results make that completely worth it!

Huntoon Point & Mount Shuksan

A few “leftovers” from my trip to Mt. Baker back in October. I like these shots but never found the will to make dedicated posts about them. So here they are.

First I have always liked the angle of the Hwy 20 near Artist Point from this vantage point. The short hike to Huntoon Point from Artist Point has a few small tarns but I think this was a bit late in the year to have them full and capable of reflecting more of Mount Shuksan.

mount shuksan above sr 542 mt shuksan reflected in a tarn near artist point

mt shuksan reflected in a tarn near artist point canadian and american border peaks and mt larabee

Canadian Border Peak, American Border Peak, and Mt. Larrabee from Artist Point (above).

Finally, Mount Shuksan reflected in Picture Lake.

mt. shuksan reflected in picture lake

Mt. Baker Panorama From Artist Point

mount baker panorama from artist point

4 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 50mm

Panorama of Mt. Baker with Ptarmigan Ridge in the foreground – from Artist Point.

Cascade Range Peaks from Artist Point

10 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 35mm

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mountains to the north of artist ooint

  For the past few years I find myself wishing that I’d spent more time in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest photographing the peaks in the Cascade Range. The classic/cliche Picture Lake is awesome and can yield interesting photographic moments almost every time but the wide range of possibilities from up at Artist Point make it more appealing to me. The trouble is the road remains snow covered until sometime in July (this year it opened on the 30th of July – a bit late). As the road closes with the first major snowfall, this year in late October – this isn’t a lot of time to enjoy it. I live only an hour away just north of the border in Canada but always seem to get caught doing other things. At this time of year I know I will be waiting at least 7 months until I can get back to Artist Point. Editing images like this always give me ideas as to what I want to do next time I am there… but so long to wait!

This panorama is from Artist Point looking north into the Cascade Range peaks north west of Mt. Shuksan. The peaks are (from left to right): Mt. Herman (foreground), Tomyhoi Peak, Canadian Border Peak, American Border Peak, Mt. Larrabee, Winchester Mountain, Goat Mountain, Goat Mountain East Peak, and Mt. Sefrit.

If only the last light of the day lasted longer!

Mt. Shuksan and Arctic Lupine

Another shot while walking from Artist Point towards Huntoon Point back in October. Considering how windy it was that evening I am pleased the Arctic Lupines (Lupinus arcticus) are relatively still for this shot. Mt. Shuksan and Shuksan Arm in the background.

arctic lupine and mt shuksan

Mt. Shuksan from Artist Point

Mt. Shuksan in late evening light from Artist Point.

mt shuksan in late evening light from artist point

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.

Mt. Shuksan & Mt. Baker Artist Point 360° Panorama

EDIT: I have since cropped and reprocessed this panorama to include just the portion with Mount Baker:

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mt baker from artist point

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

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mt baker from artist point

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!

mt baker from artist point

Artist Point – Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

A few more from Artist Point in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

mt baker from artist point american border peak

road to artist point mt shuksan from artist point

mt shuksan from artist point rocks artist point