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Granite Mountain, Sunrise Vista, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State
The morning sun illuminates the summit of Granite Mountain not far from where we photographed the night sky on the day prior. Mark and Chase jumped at the chance when I invited them to join me on a hike up Granite Mountain to photograph the Galactic Core of the Milky Way. Packing photo gear and overnight kit up 3,820 vertical feet was brutal, but soon forgotten as we dined on Mark’s scratch made camp stew and settled in for the light show. I worked the camera into the dark as the GC appeared in the southern skies over Mt. Rainier. We finally tucked into our bags, breathing crisp mountain air and staring at the brilliant universe sweeping over us. Waking at dawn, we reluctantly packed up and hiked down from the site of the night sky magic.
Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 16476x8238
Taken: 04/08/2019
Uploaded: 12/08/2019


Tags: alpine lakes wilderness; cascades; fire lookout; fire lookout tower; granite mountain; hike; hikes; hiking; mountain; mountains; peak; peaks; snoqualmie pass; trail; trails; washington
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