Snowy Late Autumn Afternoon at Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016

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A landscape photograph of a snow covered forest along the edge of a meadow at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 8, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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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.

A landscape photograph of trees along the edge of a meadow after a late autumn snowfall at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 1, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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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.

A closeup nature photograph of the banks of the Skagit River after a late autumn snowfall at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 2, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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The Lyman-Hamilton Highway parallels SR20 near the Skagit River. It meanders through the farmlands as well as through the communities of its namesake, Lyman and Hamilton.

A nature photograph of the deciduous forest after a late autumn snowfall at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 5, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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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.

A landscape photograph of forest along the banks of the Skagit River after a late autumn snowfall at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 3, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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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.

A landscape photograph of a snow covered misty hillside as viewed from Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 9, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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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.

A nature photograph of the snow covered forest at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 6, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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A landscape photograph of forest along the south bank of the Skagit River after a late autumn snowfall at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 4, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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A landscape photograph of the deciduous forest along the edge of a meadow after a late autumn snowfall at Rasar State Park, in Skagit County near Hamilton, Washington.
“Late Autumn Snowfall No. 7, Rasar State Park, Washington, 2016”
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