North Cascades Washington

North Cascades Washington

As I’ve mentioned in many posts, North Cascades Washington is one of my favorite places to get out and enjoy a rugged wilderness setting, and since I live in Bellingham Washington it is also practically in my backyard. Over the past several weeks I’ve made a few leisurely hikes and backpacks to some of my regular spots. Below are some photos from these trips that help illustrate the wild and rugged nature of this magnificent range. Enjoy!

Nooksack Tower is, in my opinion, one of the coolest and most dramatic looking peaks in the North Cascades. Topping out at a modest 8268′ / 2520m it is an outlier of the Mount Shuksan massif. Nooksack Tower has also been famously  labeled by legendary climber Fred Beckey as one of the most difficult climb in the North Cascades, equaled possibly only by nearby Slesse Mountain (the “Fang”) in British Columbia. In this view from above Hannegan Pass a layer of fresh spring snow adds to the formidable appearance of the tower.

Nooksack Tower North Cascades WashingtonNooksack Tower #58069

Ruth Creek Valley and Nooksack Ridge. Also one of my favorite areas in the North Cascades, Ruth Creek Valley via the Hannegan Pass Trail has some of the greatest views of any low to mid elevation trail in the Northwest. Most other trails at this elevation are deep in dense old growth forest, however, the slopes in this valley are regularly swept clean by avalanches fueled by massive winter snows. This heavily traveled route is also one of the few trails that provide access to the heart of North Cascades National Park. Aside from the great views, Ruth Creek Valley is also notorious for plagues of black flies that swarm around hikers in the heat of summer, be prepared with lots of Deet if you hike here in July or August!

North Cascades WashingtonRuth Creek Valley, North Cascades #58068

Backcountry Camping in the Mount Baker Wilderness. This photo was made on the same trip as the two photos above. While it has the looks of a winter setting the amount of snow seen here is typical for late spring in the North Cascades. Most of the higher elevations are not snow free until mid-July, with wildflowers blooming in sub-alpine meadows soon after that. In the distance you can see Nooksack Tower and its relation to the rest of Mount Shuksan

North Cascades Washington Backcountry campNorth Cascades Backcountry Camp#58078

North Cascades waterfall. This is a typical view just about anywhere in the lower elevations in spring. Lots of snow melt streams and creeks rushing down the slopes into lush green forests. This nameless, as far as I know, waterfall is midway up the trail to Excelsior Peak.

Waterfall North Cascades WashingtonNorth Cascades Waterfall #58066

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Image Licensing

Image  Licensing

Image  Licensing

In my last post I spoke of the new updates to the Fine Art Prints galleries on this site. Today I’m announcing similar updates for the rest of the website along with a new page titled Image Licensing Information.

Aside from selling Fine Art Prints I also license all of my images for commercial usage. The mainstay of my business for many years, my images have been licensed in many ways, from magazines and tourism brochures, to calendars, posters, and advertising campaigns.

Although many businesses contact me directly with requests for images they can also browse through this site for specific subjects and locations, then purchase and download files here at the same time.

With the current updates my goal was to reorganize the main subjects and categories of photos to make the process of purchasing rights simpler. To see some of these change go to the new Portfolios page. Here you’ll see the main subject categories. From the you can click on the desired category to see a slide show of photos, clicking on any image in the show will take you directly to a page where you can then select purchasing options. Alternately you can click on Image Library to all our current portfolios or of course you can use our Search feature

Of course if you are interested in licensing one of my photos, and can’t find or don’t have the time to conduct a detailed search, you can still contact me directly with your request. I will be happy to make a custom selection of images for you and discuss licensing options!

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