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Okanogan Autumn

Last week I took a 3-day trip to the Okanogan, searching for fall colors. I drove through the area in October four years ago, but had little time for photography. The trip last week was my chance to go back. Washington doesn’t have fall colors like the northeastern United States, but if you know where to look, you can still find color amongst the evergreens. Tanya and our dog, Benson, came along, and we stayed at an Airbnb house along the shore of Osoyoos Lake, near the town of Orville and just 3 miles from the Canadian border.

The Okanogan area is a great location to find Washington’s fall colors. Along the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers, Osoyoos Lake, and many smaller lakes in the area, there are plentiful cottonwood trees which turn yellow and gold. (The featured photo above is of the Similkameen River.) Both west of the Okanogan River valley in the Cascade Mountains foothills and east of the valley in the Okanogan Highlands, there are yellow and orange aspens and tall yellow western larch trees. Sumac and other smaller shrubs provide a splash of red.

Below are several images from the trip. In case you are interested in exactly where these images where shot, I’ll be sharing the locations for some on Photohound. Or drop me an email and I can give you the locations.

Fish Lake from the Snlahekin Road.
Old building in the former town of Bodie
Beth Lake, along Chesaw Road
Aspens along Havillah Road
Cottonwoods along the shore of Blue Lake
Old house with aspens along Chesaw Road
Reflections in Teal Lake
Building in Old Molson
Larch and evergreens at Beaver Lake

2 responses

  1. Wow your photos are truly stunning, and you captured the essence of one of the most beautiful seasons perfectly 🍁🍂

    October 25, 2021 at 2:07 pm

  2. James Meadows

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    October 27, 2021 at 3:25 am

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