Monday, March 1, 2010
How sad, the Olympics are over. And it’s Monday. Double whammy. Sigh. Here’s a picture of a mountain to cheer you up. This is the view on Diablo Lake, in North Cascades National Park. It’s actually a man-made lake, with dams on both ends that generate a significant chunk of Seattle’s power. Technically, the lake itself is outside of the national park boundary, as is the road that goes “through the park”, but if your shoes touch dirt, you’re probably standing inside the park. (The park is split in two pieces, one north of the highway, one south, but it extends basically just up to the roadway on either side.)
This picture was actually taken on the Seattle City Light boat tour. They take you up the lake all the way to the dam that holds back Ross Lake, and back down to the dam that makes Diablo Lake a lake. There’s even a dinner option, although that’s not the one we did. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, although it’s a bit of a drive to get there from Seattle (2-3 hours each way.) The unfortunate thing as a photographer is that the tour takes place right smack in the middle of the day, so you can basically forget about getting any interesting light for pictures. You get bright noonday sun, with the corresponding haze that brings. That’s okay though, because I’ve heard rumors that there are actually people out there that enjoy getting out into nature for reasons other than explicitly to take pictures of it. I don’t know who these people are, but I know they’re out there.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/200s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 42mm.