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Highway 20 Shots

Hwy 20, also known as the "North Cascades Highway",  is a very scenic route through rugged mountain terrain that crosses west -- east the Cascade mountain range in Washington state.  Some of Washington's most scenic mountain territory can be witnessed while driving this road.

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1 Deer_2a.jpg (484318 bytes) shot taken in May 2006 HWY 20 above Diablo Dam.

2 Gorgedam_dnstrm_2a.jpg (442867 bytes) shot taken in May 2006 HWY 20 below Gorge Dam on the Skagit River.

3 Gorgedam_dnstrm_3.jpg (288454 bytes) shot taken in May 2006 HWY 20 below Gorge Dam on the Skagit River.

Notes:

All three photos above were taken hand held using a 24-120mm Nikkor zoom lens mounted to a Nikon D70s digital slr camera.  The day was overcast offering --even-- if lackluster light.   The Deer photo came about as a surprise.  I had just made a U-turn on hwy 20 to head back toward Seattle when 3 deer appeared before me.  Photo 1 is the cleanest of the photos I took of these Deer.  I believe the specie is Black Tail but I may be mistaken.

Photos 2 and 3 are below Gorge Dam on the Skagit River.  Location is just east of Newhalem where the river snakes its way through a very deep canyon.  There is some physical risk involved in the two rock photos since these are below the dam, which may open its spill-ways at any time without warning.  Considering this I took the shots hand held from a distance and ready to climb back up to the road.  What interests me about the 2 rock photos are the inclusions seen within the rocks.  Initially I just thought there was some interesting composition potential, but when I looked at the photos in Photoshop the textures inside the rocks became obvious.  Photo 2.  What is that sediment/ooze that has apparently run down and then hardened over the large boulder...?  Looks 'man caused' to me but I'm no geologist.  Photo 3.  I thought there was interesting composition here but the inclusions within the rock, seen later, are what really interest me.

all photos on this page are Steve Clarke and may only be used with permission.