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Picture Lake

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Picture Lake - Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Photo by Eric Noel
Eric's SR 542 Gallery

     Photographers spend a great deal of effort looking for angles to eliminate strong shadows, reflections and glare. Others wait for hours and even days until the weather is right for reflective scenes such as this splendid view of Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan. Reflective scenes bring out the creativity in a photographer, sometimes offering vast improvements in a rather mundane view.
     This viewpoint along Washington’s State Route 542 is far from average. In fact, the surrounding Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is often cited as the most visited forest in the country. This photogenic area on the west side of the Cascades, between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, is endowed with snow-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and dense forests. And here on the Mt. Baker Scenic Highway, from Bellingham to Artist Point, the scenery is just spectacular. Shuksan, a mass of ridges, pinnacles, and glaciers, is one of the most photographed peaks in the Cascade Range. This scene, a combination of a perfectly still Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan, would be difficult to top.

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