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Colchuck Lake, Milky Way, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State
USA
Five old friends who hiked and climbed together back in the 70’s and 80’s made camp at Colchuck Lake and a couple of them waited for me to shoot the Milky Way as low clouds obscured the areas above Aasgard Pass and Dragontail Peak. The wind was blowing so hard it knocked over the tripod, fortunately before I mounted the camera. So, I weighted the tripod and cautiously proceeded. Back story: I scored a lottery permit for the Colchuck Zone and invited four dear friends to join me at a Colchuck Lake base camp to make day trip ascents of Aasgard Pass and access the magical Enchantments Lakes basin. Fall colors were evident and the high Alpine Larches were turning gold as we anticipated the days ahead. The elevation at the lake is 5,570 feet and Aasgard Pass, visible to the left of Dragontail Peak (center), tops out at 7,800 feet. It’s a very steep hike as the gain occurs in less than a mile, but the views are stunning. The dramatic north faces of Dragontail Peak, and Colchuck Peaks dominate the view at the south end of the lake at 8,840 feet and 8,705 feet respectively.
Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 16440x8220
Taken: 27/09/2019
Chargée: 08/10/2019
Mis à jour: 11/10/2019
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Tags: alpine lake; alpine lakes wilderness; cascades; colchuck lake; colchuck peak; dragontail peak; hike; hikes; lake; mountains; peak; trail; washington; wilderness; camp; tents; milky way; stars; galactic center. galactic core; starry night; night
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The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.


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