After dropping my daughter off at the college in Mount Vernon, I set out to explore and shoot some landscape and nature photography on a wet and eventually snowy Pacific Northwest afternoon.
After looking at my options, I decided to take a drive east on Washington State Route 20 up the Skagit River Valley.
It didn’t take too many miles until there was snow along the shoulders of the highway, Since SR20 is well traveled, the highway was in good condition. It wasn’t until I turned onto the Lyman-Hamilton Highway that I encountered slush and then eventually snow on the road.
Just past Hamilton, I came across Rasar State Park, situated along the north bank of the Skagit River.
With about 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground, I set off with my camera to explore the snow covered terrain.
From the sky was falling a combination of rain and snow, eventually stopping altogether.
From the day use parking area, I walked a loop that first led to the Skagit River, then upstream to the park boundary, then looping around through a snow covered meadow (or an old pasture) back to the parking area.
This was my first photography session in the snow this season. I love how the snow creates cleaner, more simplified landscape photographs.
It’s time to get my snowshoes out for more fun in the snow.