October 13, 2009 – Merritt Lake Trail

Fall color on the Merritt Lake trail

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hey everyone. I mentioned yesterday that I’d try to post a picture from this weekend, and that’s exactly what I did. I took Julie and Wes along with me on the Merritt Lake trail, which is 5 or 10 miles past Stevens Pass along Highway 2. I had been on the trail before (last year at about this time, actually. In fact, I think it was exactly 1 year ago today), but that time Julie stayed home, since she was 8 and a half months pregnant. That’s right, I left my wife who was about to pop at home while I went to go play outside. I am truly that awesome.

Anyway, my first thought was to try out a different trail, but the colors were so nice on this one last year that I kept telling myself how much Julie would like it, so I figured now that she was actually able to come along, we may as well hit it up again, and we weren’t disappointed at all.

Western Washington has some stupendous fall color action, although you wouldn’t know it. We tend to be known much more for pine trees and rain. But we’ve got the whole spectrum out here, everything from brilliant reds to golden yellows to flaming orange. Up in the mountains, it’s usually in little islands within the seas of evergreens, but down in the lowlands we get full hillsides of mind-blowing color that rivals anything New England can boast. You don’t believe me, do you? Yeah, I wouldn’t have either, until I saw it myself. This particular trail is a particularly good place to go for color, since you get to walk through these huge canopies of autumn goodness. Everything from the bushes down by your feet to the tree canopy just glows. It’s fantastic. You’re up at around 4,000 feet, so the trees up there tend to change earlier than those down here at sea level. So we’ve still got a couple weeks yet before we see the best of the show around town.

I hope you all are enjoying this time of year, wherever you are. You should get out and take some pictures, it only comes around once a year. Remember: underexpose by 1/3rd or 2/3rds of a stop, otherwise the color will get washed out. You want those leaves to GLOW. Okay, that’s it for today.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/4.5, ISO 100. Focal length: 28mm.

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    Marie June 3, 2010

    what a lovely colors, so pretty

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