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Snow Seeker

Scene near BlewettEvery year I seek to capture a few snowy scenes for possible calendar use. At Robinson Noble, where I have my day job, we produce a calendar every year for clients, and I supply all the images. There seems to be some unwritten law that requires the December and January images to have snow in them (sorry that my northern hemisphere bias is showing here!). The problem is that I’m not that much of a winter person, so I don’t get out much in the cold season. Plus, the easiest place for me to get snow images is Mount Rainier National Park, which is only 70 miles from my home. However, the calendar needs variety, so the January and December images can’t be taken in Mount Rainier National Park every year. Now add in that this winter has been very warm in the Pacific Northwest and there is not much snow.

So with all this in mind, I took last Monday off work to go and find some snow. Tanya, Nahla and I drove east into the mountains. At Snoqualmie Pass, it was very dark with mixed rain and snow falling. We kept driving. Coming down from the pass, the weather improved, as it usually does, with sun and mixed clouds. While this area is typically snow-covered in January, it was not this year. We kept driving. We left the interstate and headed toward Blewett Pass and we finally found snow and sun together. We stopped at the top of Blewett Pass and got out the snowshoes. While snowy, the snow wasn’t deep, perhaps about a foot at the parking lot.

We hiked off the northern end of the lot, west along a forest service road. Most of the time we were in the forest, but the views did open up at a few spots. It was an easy snowshoe hike and a nice day to be out. I captured a few shots that might be worthy of being on the calendar next year (let me know if you agree). Mission accomplished.

Snowy Forest Road

Snowy Mountains

Above Blewett

Winter in the Cascades

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8 responses

  1. Fantastic snow scenes, Joe.

    January 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  2. That first one is truly magical on my monitor Joe! They all are very worthy though. Love the clean whites and WB!

    January 25, 2015 at 12:02 am

    • Thanks Ernie. Yes the first one has the best light. This was processed solely in Lightroom; I think with a bit of work in PS, I could improve it a bit more.

      January 25, 2015 at 10:17 am

  3. Laura G

    Thanks for saving me a trip to the snow – I feel like I’ve been there now! The first one is my favorite.

    February 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  4. So beautiful. I love being able to explore things around where you live. Snow is especially exciting – I love the first photo, almost like a dream world.

    February 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    • Thank you for the kind comment. I just wish there were more snow this year. While the northeastern US is getting a ton of snow, Washington State is having record low levels.

      February 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

  5. Really beautiful!

    February 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

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