July 15, 2009 – Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Wednesday, July 15, 2009.


I was sitting on the couch last night wondering what the heck I would use for today’s picture, when I had a brilliant idea: let Julie pick it! So I did. Almost. She actually picked this one: http://www.davefry.net/rate/index.php?viewimage=313 , another very similar picture of the same thing, but I actually liked this one better.. So, umm.. sorry honey.

You’re looking at Diablo Lake (sometimes known as Emerald Lake), which is really near, but not quite inside, North Cascades National Park. It’s actually a man-made lake, dammed by Seattle City Light, and it generates quite a bit of power for the city. This was taken from a big viewpoint along Highway 20, which is the road that takes you through the national park. (The road never actually enters the national park boundaries – the park is split in two pieces, one on the north side of the road and one on the south side.)

I stop here every time I drive through the park, and usually I take a picture from this exact spot. Depending on the time of day, it can be a completely different picture. (This was fairly early in the day – later on, you end up looking straight at the sun, which nicely silhouettes the big mountain and the big tree you’re looking at. Those two, together with that little tiny island to the left of the tree, make up the elements of the scene that I usually play with when I’m here.) The lake itself is actually really striking – it’s very very green, almost turquoise. You can’t tell in this picture though. Which actually makes it somewhat odd that I chose this one, because the green-ness of the lake is probably the most striking part of the view. It’s green because of all the glacial meltoff that drains in from the surrounding mountains, all the minerals and such, if you were wondering.

Here’s a couple interesting tidbits about this picture: Not only was it taken with a fairly old point and shoot digicam (a Canon S230 – 3.2 megapixels!), it was shot at a small image size (640 x 480!!). Back then, to save memory card space, I’d take most pictures at 640 x 480, except for the ones I thought I’d potentially be blowing up later – I’d take those at the largest size the camera would support. So I first took this picture, realized it was on small, then took a larger one. But, the larger one was framed somewhat differently (see it here: http://www.davefry.net/rate/index.php?viewimage=222 ), and this morning I decided I liked this one better, so I went with it instead.

Map: http://bit.ly/4j05Z

Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/125s, f/7.1.

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One Comment

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    Marie June 3, 2010

    very nice the lights and the tones

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