Lake Tipsoo, Washinton

October 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We'll it was a beautiful weekend in Yakima, where I photographed a lovely wedding where the "newly" weds were married and sauntered off to Suncadia for their honeymoon.  The "newly" weds were 79 and 84 years old!  Both are young in spirit and full of life.  After the wedding, my wife and I decided to make our way back to the Seattle area on highway 12 which splits into highway 410 (Chinook Scenic Byway) and 12.  Highway 12 continues further south to White Pass.  We continued onto highway 410 to Chinook pass.  What a lovely trip it was.  The Tamarack trees were dressed in their full fall regalia of yellow foliage.  They were a lovely contrast to the evergreen trees which were also very much in abundance.  Highway 410 snakes it way through the cascade mountains.  It starts on a level plane and hugs the Naches River which collects mountain runoff for disposal into the Yakima River.  Both are wonderful and beautiful little streams which are great for fishing.  Back to my story.  The road eventually begins it's climb to crest on top of the cascade mountains.  Just after reaching the crest and continuing down the other side of the mountains, you will reach Lake Tipsoo.  Lake Tipsoo is this lovely little lake which is frozen over and snow covered in the winter when the highway is no longer passable due to road closure and snow plow inactivity.  Another added benefit is that Lake Tipsoo lies just below majestic Mount Rainier.  If you reach this lovely spot next to the lake, in the late afternoon, the light is spectacular!  Especially in the fall, or spring, or summer.  Maybe you get my drift?  Not that winter would not be bad either but the road is close, as I mentioned, and one would almost need a helicopter to observe it's winter dressing.  While photographing the lake a passerby stopped and walked over with his camera phone.  He declared, " I'm from Virginia and they don't have anything like this back there!"  I thought to myself, "No they don't my friend, no they don't."  A lesson I learn every day in life is to appreciate every moment like it is your last.  One day it surely will be.

 

Michael


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