Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic (Summer Greens in the Pacific Northwest)

A powerful monochromatic image is composed of a gradient of a single color, and has an emphasis on texture and composition.

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Monochromatic Oggl

After a steep but scenic hike up the Snoqualmie Region’s Ira Spring Trail winding through an evergreen forest, wildflower meadows and granite avalanche zones we enjoyed our mossy descent down to Mason Lake and a picnic lunch.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Monochromatic.

Travel Theme: Stone

During a recent hike in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest we ran into a layer of high mountain fog which hid the fantastic views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan and directed our gaze lower, to the rocky foundations of these mountains. I had a chance to see what I’d overlooked during my previous visits when the glaciers and peaks were so clear they captured all of my attention. This time I really enjoyed the color of the stone, the diagonal layers of earth forced up by geological movement and the tenacious alpine plants clinging to the cracks and crevices.

Posted as part of Alisa’s Weekly Travel Theme:  Stone

Travel Theme: Height


It’s not quite as dramatic as Devils Tower in Wyoming but looking up at Table Mountain in the Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest always reminds me of the great 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind…

If you find yourself in the NW corner of Washington State searching for fantastic views and a great hike I encourage you to take a look at the Washington Trails Association page for directions and more information.

Posted as part of Alisa’s weekly travel theme at Where’s My Back Pack:  Height.