Blue Lake, North Cascades National Park

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    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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    1. bridgy2008 64 months ago | reply


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    2. bridgy2008 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Colorful landscape/seascape (post 1-comment 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. amengara 64 months ago | reply

      so serene & beautiful!

    4. r.AI (-) 64 months ago | reply

      Great capture! Have a good weekend my friend!

    5. Photography By Tris 64 months ago | reply

      What a great shot you have taken

    6. sean_foreman 64 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot - nicely framed and very good balance between the various components

    7. Justin Smith - Photography 64 months ago | reply

      This shot is perfect. Fantastic job here.

    8. pirr 64 months ago | reply

      very nice picture!! Definitely gives the story!

    9. ...Sophie... 64 months ago | reply

      I was scrolling through explore when I happened across this and immediatly recognized it. Blue lake is one of my favorite hikes to do and it's practicly in my backyard. (I live in Winthrop) I have seen and taken many photos of the lake, but this has to be one of my favorite. Beautiful colors, reflection and comp.

    10. Linda & Lawrence (LL Photography) 63 months ago | reply

      Beautiful reflection, colors and composition!

    11. artattackcat ~ Cat Kindsfather 63 months ago | reply

      Oh wow, this is so gorgeous!!!! I was referred to look at your stream for the amazing work you do with a D90 verses a D300. ........ Yowza!!!
      Mind blowing beauty!!!

    12. Ingiro 62 months ago | reply


    13. Georgian Bay Dreamer 61 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo, gorgeous spot.

    14. M A T C H S 59 months ago | reply

      your work is incredible

    15. mudpig 58 months ago | reply

      perfect - glad i found your photo stream - excellent work!

    16. 74Bella 48 months ago | reply

      a big like!!:)

    17. ~Maninas 46 months ago | reply

      Those snow patterns are fab with their reflections

    18. rosinberg 44 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous shot! The reflection is perfectly captured.

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