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Washington Pass in the North Cascades

Liberty Bell Mountain from the meadows at Washington Pass at sunset. Photographed in the North Cascades of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State, USA.

liberty bell mountain from the meadows at washington pass at sunset - in the north cascades of washington state usa

Liberty Bell Mountain from Washington Pass (Purchase)

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   These photos were made at Washington Pass in the North Cascades of Washington State in the fall of 2012. I am never quite sure how to label these things – always thinking in the past that this was part of North Cascades National Park. Washington Pass lies outside of the National Park boundaries and is actually part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, though I think the Washington Pass overlook is maintained and patrolled by National Park staff.

   Back in October I visited the Washington Pass area with Alan Majchrowicz. We first hiked up to Blue Lake which was surrounded by some great Fall needle colours in the Alpine Larches. I’d not seen larches before so this was especially interesting. Next Alan showed me this fantastic meadow near Washington Pass which has great view of Liberty Bell Mountain (top) and Kangaroo Ridge (bottom photo) and a wide array of interesting foregrounds.

picture of sunset on kangaroo ridge at washington pass in the north cascades of washington state usa

Kangaroo Ridge After Sunset (Purchase)

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   The first example of these can be found in the first photograph of Liberty Bell Mountain. There were many small patches of water in the meadows, some even containing small fish – which I found interesting considering how long this area is under snow each winter. There were also numerous long dead tree trunks laying horizontally on the ground which made for some good foregrounds as well. In the first photo above I liked how all of these seem aligned to point right to Liberty Bell Mountain.

   The second example of foregrounds elements I enjoyed were the Narrow Leaved Cotton Grasses (technically a Sedge – Eriophorum angustifolium) which I had not seen before. The small tufts of cotton like seeds on the stems made them a bit more interesting to me. While I think the nice post-sunset “belt of venus” light in this second photo works better, I do have another composition from the same area that shows off the grasses/sedges a little better (below).

picture of sunset on kangaroo ridge at washington pass in the north cascades of washington state usa

Narrow Leaved Cotton Grass at Washington Pass (Purchase)

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   While I am just beginning to scratch the surface of photographic possibilities within the North Cascades area I think this spot near Washington Pass will definitely be a stop I wish to make next year after the thaw!

picture of sunset on kangaroo ridge at washington pass in the north cascades of washington state usa

A small stream runs through the meadows at Washington Pass (Purchase)

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For more photographs from the Washington Pass area of the North Cascades take a look at my Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Gallery in my Image Library.