It always seems that there are either too many clouds or none at all when I have an opportunity to photograph Mount Baker. So sometimes I ignore it in favour of Mount Shuksan or one of the other nearby mountains available at Artist Point in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This time, however, I like the small accents of light that showed up on the side of the peak, which gives this photo a bit more interest for me than others I made at the same time.
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Growing up in the area around Vancouver, British Columbia, especially out in the Fraser Valley, Mount Baker is a constant presence on the Eastern horizon. Many roads seem to point straight towards Baker or sometimes Mount Shuksan. While I am most familiar with the view of Baker from Langley, it can be seen all the way from Stanley Park in Vancouver, the Southernmost point of the area in Tsawwassen, and from North of the Fraser River – here in Pitt Meadows. I made this photograph from the edge of one of the many Cranberry fields on the road to Pitt Lake. As Baker is such a constant for anyone living out here, it was quite a surprise for me as a kid to realize that it was not a Canadian mountain – it actually is in Washington State. I was young enough that I am not sure I believed that right away.
14 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM.
Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan from Baker Lake.
EDIT: I have since cropped and reprocessed this panorama to include just the portion with Mount Baker:
1. 31 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 USM @ 20mm
Major mountains I can ID in this photo: American Border Peak, Mt. Larrabee, Winchester Mountain, Goat Mountain, Mt. Sefrit, Mt. Shuksan, Shuksan Arm, Mt. Baker, Tabletop Mountain
2. Another version of the same panorama. This one is cropped to 1) include less of the “superfluous” scenery and 2) to preserve the potential idea that I hiked my ass off to get up there by cropping out the parking lot!
In August I travelled further up the road from Picture Lake at the Mt. Baker Ski area for the first time. Artist Point is just a few minutes away from Picture lake yet I had never been there. Unfortunately, the road closed in late September for the season and I won’t be able to return until June or July when the road reopens.
Artist Point in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. 7 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
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