Hello from Washington! Since my last post, I’ve been able to spend a few more days enjoying these Cascade Mountains, but have moved out of the North Cascades area and more in to the central part of Washington’s cascade range. Make no mistake though, there’s still plenty of lush forests and never ending mountains where I’m at now. The last few days have also seen an increase in weather activity. These incoming storms have made for some real interesting nights in the woods when the winds really picked up. The sounds of the wind were whipping through tree tops so quickly and in such a chaotic sounding manner that at points it was impossible to not feel surrounded by a tornado passing through the forests. I’m not sure there is anywhere else in the world where these noises could be replicated other than a different deep, mountainous forest. But that makes me very happy, as I’ll still be spending some more time in these mountains exploring those peculiar moments of noise.
These mountains are known as the “Alps of America”
Diablo Lake. Another dam made lake in Washington state.
I enjoy playing with the mountains’ reflections in the reservoirs.
View of Ross Dam, one of the dams in the cascade mountains.
Got to be one of the coolest looking dams I’ve seen before.
Highway 20 climbing up to Washington Pass.
View of a creek meeting a reservoir from very high up.
The river banks in these forests are all beautiful and covered in a multitude of plants and trees. These riverbanks go on like this for miles.
Eventually these trees will be carried away down the mighty river behind them. It’s only a matter of time.
Sometimes the forest breaks it’s dense underbelly and exposes a moment like this.
Hello from Montana! I made it into Montana 2 days ago and have been busy exploring these beautiful mountains and forests since. While the state of Wyoming likes to call itself “forever west”, Montana IS the real deal west. The state of Montana is full of a proud people backed up by a fascinating history that most times has only happened within the last 100 years or so. Everything in this state just feels different to me. I feel like as I crossed the state border, I took a step back in time. The scenery I’m seeing and the towns I’m passing through are straight out of a wild west movie. This is my first time to this state, and within the first two days I’ve realized I’ve been missing a whole lot. Montana is a state where the word “big” takes on a new meaning. I’ve been busy busy trying to snap as many pictures as I can to try and capture this huge beauty. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
P.S.: Feedback is ALWAYS appreciated! I really enjoy hearing which of my photos capture your attention. This is very valuable feedback for me and for my future shots. Sound off below in the comments! I’m sure one of my photos stood out more than the others to you.
Welcome to Montana
Big Sky country
The big dipper high above big sky country
Notice the cluster of stars in the right part of the picture
The trail follows all the way around the lake edge
The view straight up from my campsite
Life’s not bad when you’re sleeping less than 200 feet from this
I’ve been having fun playing with the creeks and mountain tops
The only gaps in the thick woods comes from creeks like this
This is bear country
One of the most beautiful campgrounds I’ve ever been too
Just when you get lost in the trees of the forest, a rock busts out of the ground to remind you that you’re in the mountains too