Elk Meadows Sunrise

Sunrise at Mt. Adams from Elk Meadow with early color of Aspen (Philip A. Knouf)

Sunrise at Mt. Adams from Elk Meadow with early color of Aspen (Philip A. Knouf)

Elk Meadows is just outside of Trout Lake Washington along FS88.  The meadow has large stands of Aspens, Vine Maple, Big Leaf Maple and meadow grasses.  This morning was a surprise as most of the preceding night we were pelted in our tents by rain and sleet.  And it was quite chilly also.  But before sunrise we saw stars and knew that we were in for some great views of Mt. Adams.  A wonderful lenticular cloud mass had formed over the mountain as the rest of the clouds cleared for about one hour.  There were quite a few trees showing their fall colors in their prime.  However, many of the Aspen were about one week away from peak color.  I was part of a group of photographers from the Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers regional forum of the Nature Photographers Network.   I’ll be posting others images from this very beautiful area as this was a productive image creation weekend.

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