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An Eye for Alpenglow: The Photography of Don Geyer

I’ve been fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest nearly all my life.  I started enjoying our spectacular outdoors as an avid hiker, backpacker, and eventually climber.  I was introduced to photography during this time, and there was no looking back.  My camera went everywhere with me, and soon dictated my destinations more so than any climbing objectives.  I’ve enjoyed …

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A Passion for Wildflowers: The Photography of Steph Abegg

One of my favorite aspects of macro photography is its ability to capture and preserve the fleeting details that enliven the world around us: a tiny insect on a blade of grass, a group of gleaming water droplets on a leaf, a row of ripples in the sand, a curtain of icicles on moss, a bright flower in bloom. In …

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The Magic of the Inside Passage: Images from a Solo Sojourn

Water is my element, where I feel most at home. Kayaking is my passion, bringing out the best in me and challenging me to be better. Bringing a camera on my watery sojourns helps me share this passion in a colorful, soulful reality. In spring 2010, with my world scaled down to an eighteen-foot sea kayak and a 1,200 mile ribbon of water …

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Winter on the Olympic Coast: Hole in the Wall

In our winter issue we highlighted the hike to Hole in the Wall on the Olympic Coast as a truly great winter outing. Just to be sure, we hauled our backpacks out there for a few days, a trip timed to coincide with the calm just before a predicted winter storm. The weather Gods were accommodating and we were given …

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Tore Ofteness Shoots the Moon

I spent the first eight years of my life in rural Norway, surrounded by water, hills and mountains. In order to see it properly, I climbed trees for a higher perspective. When I came to Bellingham, the landscape was much like Norway so I quickly felt at home – but airplanes have replaced climbing trees. Here in the Pacific Northwest, …

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The Magic of the Equinox: Photography by Buff Black

Of the two equinoxes – spring and fall – it’s the time around the autumnal equinox that I seem to photograph more.  As summer hands off to fall, and the kids are back in school, my ‘backcountry brethren’ and I head to the North Cascades for our annual backpack adventure. It’s an egalitarian time of the year, with all the world having the same …

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The Wildflower Gardens of Skyline Divide

Each summer there are a few weeks when Skyline Divide may be the most beautiful place on earth. It is at this time – the apex of summer – that the wildflower gardens carpeting the Divide burst forth in a display of alpine color that is among the best in the North Cascades. The trail meanders along the ridge, offering …

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Shi-Shi Beach: Shangri-La on the Olympic Coast

I’ve hiked pretty much the entire Olympic coast and can say without reservation that my favorite spot on this beautiful coastline is Shi-Shi Beach and Point of Arches. The Point of Arches is the dramatic highlight, thrusting out into the Pacific from the south end of the beach. On a spring backpacking trip, I was fortunate enough to enjoy several …

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An Advocate for Wilderness: The Photography of Ethan Welty

Raised in Seattle, I’m thankful to have once called these mountains home. These shy and beautiful mountains inspired me to rope up, make a career of photography, and go back to school for glacier science. Now I regularly travel back from Colorado to satiate my appetite for their granite faces, tree-drenched valleys, and lofty alpine basins on a life-long quest …

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A Winter Walk in the Olympics

This was our third attempt to explore the Olympic Mountains in mid-winter. The first two tries had been thwarted by storms and we had ended up on the beach instead. Not this time. After procuring our permits at the Wilderness Info Center in Port Angeles, we drove up the Hurricane Ridge Road in a thick fog, emerging above the cloud …

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