Chinook Pass

Moon over Rainier at Chinook Pass Sunrise

It is getting to the time in the north when the sun rises earlier in the morning. I look forward to early dawns because it provides opportunities to get out before work for photography. One of my favorite spots is a short 45 minute drive up to Chinook Pass. The pass is over 5400 feet above sea level and the views of Mount Rainier to the west are perfect for dawn photography. The area includes upper and lower Tipsoo Lake, trailhead for loops around Naches Peak, entrance to the Crystal Mountain area, and a straight up climb of Yakima Peak.

Lower Tipsoo Lake

Many mornings I run into other photographers who share the joy of such as beautiful spot. A favorite spot is just off the highway at Upper Tipsoo Lake.

Mount Rainier from Upper Tipsoo Lake

Sometimes you have to take a chance as it may be clear when you leave home but covered in clouds by the time you arrive.

Upper Tipsoo Lake

On those mornings when it is clear, Upper Tipsoo Lake provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Creator’s artistic work of welcoming a new day.

Rainier Reflection

Upper Tipsoo Lake

I so enjoy living close to this place. It is a treat to experience before heading off to the office.

Dawn Comes to Chinook Pass

Mount Rainier

Oh, it’s not that bad a spot for sunsets or catching the stars at night. But that is for another day.



Rest Stops

There are places along the highways that one never thinks of as photographic opportunities. Placed many miles apart, they are never near when you need them. In our state of Washington, there is one along interstate 90 that almost splits the state in half. Whether heading east to visit relatives, or west to return to the comforts of home; if one times it right, it is an opportunity for beautiful displays in the sky. These pictures are in honor of our favorite rest stop in the middle of our state… the Schrag rest area.

A Storm at Sunset

Looking West to the Cascades

The Sunset while Eastbound

Looking South from the Eastbound side

The Schrag rest stop, a place we always seem to hit at sunset. It must be our timing.