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Such a crazy day of hiking, shooting, and overall amazement on the Lake 22 Trail. By the time we reached this waterfall, it we had heard several long rumbles of thunder. Unaccustomed to the weather in WA, I foolishly asked *blyndspy if it was an avalanche. :giggle: But the sky darkened, the clouds thickened, and it began to rain harder.

Little did we know, the weather would soon switch from the moderate rain you see in this photo to snow pellets and then finally to snow. We couldn't believe how quickly the snow accumulated in just a few short minutes!

What an unbelievably beautiful experience. :heart:

Lake 22 Trail
Mountain Loop Highway, WA
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot LeeAnne, sounds like it was awesome experience. :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
It really was...thanks!
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PaulSwiatkowskiPhoto Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can imagine and your welcome :)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Well captured! Glad you made it out of the snow :snowing: the weather in the mountains is always a surprise :omg: I got caught in a snowstorm in the Bighorns on June 9th of last year--snow total was 15 inches :frustrated:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh my gosh! It was hard for me to imagine seeing snow in the summer until I went to WA last summer...and the snow is just always there on the mountains! Made me realize that, perhaps, our "mountains" in WV are more like big hills. :lol:
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Photographer
Gorgeous!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Paula! =D
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wtrw Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I would much rather walk through the woods while it's snowing than when it's raining....and here you managed to take advantage of the weather and come up with a great shot...!!!

beautiful.....funny how the weather kinda cements the memory of a hike....

again..

beautiful coposition...!!

:)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
I don't know if I'd rather one or the other...they've both got something special to add to the photograph/hike. Funny you say that, the weather really does cement the memory, as I can recall the weather on just about every hike I remember. :)

Thanks Dread!
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tiny-sparrow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I live vicariously through your hikes with Addam! So glad you endure the elements and share the beauty.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
:aww: Such a sweet thing to say, Terri! It means a lot to me that we can share our hikes with you and give you just a glimpse of the beauty out there.

I got your note, and I'll be answering it tonight when I have some more time to sit down and write it out!
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TRunna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
That is beautiful. And worth that damp cold you experienced.

That precip that is the price we pay for these beautiful waterfalls and our 40 shades of green. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much, and yes...it was more than worth it!

I love the precip for that reason. I still can think of no other word that more accurately describes Washington than "magical". I'm completely in awe every time I see another waterfall or hike through the forest. :faint:
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TRunna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
You’re welcome…..:)

The other half of the state (my side of the mountains) is desert, prairie and steppe. From the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mts of Idaho is just over 350 mile…but in that distance are literally thousands of independent ecosystems. It would be fun to shoot them all.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'd love to see and shoot them all, that's for sure. :nod:
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TRunna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
The down side is the temperature shifts. Right now it is 30 degrees and we are expecting 10 to 18 inches of snow by tomorrow afternoon. In summer a range of 95 to 105 degrees is common. But it is a dry heat with very low humidity so it is manageable.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
I heard about all that snow! Good luck with that. ;) I'm not sure how I feel about 95-105 degrees in the summer. It's usually 85 or so here in the summer, but the humidity is KILLER. I definitely dislike the summer weather here.
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TRunna Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
That heat is not too bad when the humidity is around 20%. But Adam would agree with you.
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Agree that he doesn't like the heat or humidity? :confused:
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Stroody Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Splendid !
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly, Bob! :)
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Must have been a stunning sight in the flesh,wonderful capture Leeanne :clap:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
It sure was...thanks Jonathan! :)
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tripptaylor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
very beautiful shot
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you, much appreciated. :)
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
was definitely a crazy day of hiking! glad ya got to experience the NW weather though :)

and to get such a beautiful shot during that downpour! flawless water exposure and greens with some wonderful atmosphere! and have to say that a lot of the places around here have the jumble of log deposits at the bottom..way to make it work so well in the image..amazing work, LeeAnne! :)
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haha...those jumbles would ruin a shot in WV. In WA, they seem to be part of the beauty somehow. Maybe because the trees are just so BIG, I keep thinking "How in the world did that even get there?!" Thanks for the kind words, Addam...eager to see more jumbled log messes soon! ;)
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
reminds me of our conversation way back when..about moving the "twigs" that laid over engine run..

always a pleasure, sweetie :eager:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh my gosh! I actually went back and looked at that photo today after reading this comment...they DO look like twigs compared to the NW logs!! Funny that in our comments, you mentioned how I'd react to the logs out there. :lol:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
see..just goes to prove that im always right! :]
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Not even! I think i reacted quite well to the logs out here! I'd go back to Engine Run and blow those suckers outta the way with one breath! :strong:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
hehe..indeed you did..so proud :happycry:

haha.. *zipsmouthshut*
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
:aww: Glad I survived it well! ;)

:| Don't underestimate my muscles... :turbopoke:
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girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :love:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks Emily! :hug:
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Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahmahgash I love it
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :)
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Photographer
some amazingly vivid greens for winter...gotta love the nw!!..sweet little comp, at this cool, little spot, to cap your day..nicely done, la!:)!
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very vivid! I was discussing another shot with Addam (which I'll be sharing shortly) where I actually had to tone the greens down - they were TOO vivid! I didn't mess with the saturation here at all, it's just how it was. Just brightened it up a bit because it was really, really dark. I'm still amazed at how alive it looks and feels in the PNW, even in the winter. Thanks Doug!
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db-imagery Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Photographer
:laughing:...i've had to do the same thing w/pics of mine...i'd be looking at a shot going, 'was it really that green!?!'..and it was..that crazy good green!! :D


..most welcome:)
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