January 19, 2011 – Tonga Ridge

Tonga Ridge Trail

Tonga Ridge Trail

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Today’s picture comes from the Tonga Ridge trail, which is right smack in the middle of the Cascades, along Highway 2 a little ways to the west of Stevens Pass. It’s advertised as a nice, easy to get to ridge walk (the road gets you basically right up to the ridge, so you don’t have to hike up to it first), with supposedly incredible views for most of the trail. As you probably can guess by the way I worded that statement, I don’t feel like it lived up to the hype. I mean, sure, it was nice to get outside for the day, but the views were only “good”, definitely not “great”. Oh well, it happens sometimes. Anyway, I’m still going through the pictures from that day (I’m about 10-20% of the way through that day, just like every other day that I went hiking. One day, I hope to um, finish them all. Hahaha, yeah right), so this is just a shot of the trail meandering through the woods.

That’s not what I’m here to talk about today though. Today, I’m here to recommend to you all that you go check out this timelapse video of the northern lights over Tromso, Norway. I throw around terms like “breathtaking” and “awesome” a lot, but this video truly deserves such superlatives. Go check it out. Seriously. Not kidding. You’ll thank me later.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 17mm.

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