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Blue Lake, North Cascades National Park

This is my first post from North Cascades National Park. When I moved to Washington a little over a year ago I was excited that there were three National Parks within easy reach (at least according to the map). But with a busy summer and short hiking season I was only able to make one overnight trip to North Cascades back in July.


For this hike to Blue Lake we had to wait out a heavy downpour in the parking lot until it let up enough to venture out. The storm lifted as he climbed the trail and after a couple of miles we arrived here at Blue Lake.


The name turns out to be very much apt. The color of the water was a surprisingly bright blue-green color, which was not necessarily captured all that well in the photographs. It had the great blend of spring wildflowers along the trail, along with remnants of the winter's snow lingering in the shadows. I had hoped to return in autumn to capture the larches along the water when they turned golden, but alas that will have to wait for another year.


But weather and perhaps a lack of creativity left me with few photos from that trip I'm all that happy with. But I really wanted to find one photo from this park that stood out - I'd welcome any feedback on whether it warrants a thumb up or a thumb down. After looking at it off and on for several months I can't tell anymore.


Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20@10mm | f/8 | 1/640s | ISO200 | Handheld

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Taken on July 25, 2009