25 Oct 13. After finding that all the color we had gone to shoot on the Colorado Plateau was about 10 days behind us, I made the assumption that we might have something similar occurring here and waited until this week to make our annual pilgrimage over WA Highway 2 through the Tumwater Canyon to Leavenworth to shoot fall color and visit Jan's favorite Christmas store. Just to be on the safe side, I called the Leavenworth Ranger Station Wednesday afternoon to check on the color situation. The ranger said that the colors were hit and miss, but that there was "still lots of color, the peak having been perhaps earlier in the week and that the colors at the top of Steven's pass were brilliant red." Just to my liking, so we set off very early Thursday morning to take it all in. Wow, what a stellar report. ALL the colors at the top of Stevens pass WEREN'T, the reds totally brown and there was little other color, save for a tree here and there, to be seen at all! So down the canyon we went anyway to find some patches of yellow, some of which were quite nice, but for the most part they were few and far between. In the process I met the photographer for the Leavenworth web page and we exchanged some thoughts on this year's color. He mentioned that there was still one spot worth shooting, I knew exactly where it was, and we proceeded there to see if I could get anything acceptable, the time for shooting this spot being around 0915 and it was now around 1130. It wasn't nearly as nice as it had been earlier (he showed many several of his images from the morning shoot) but there was still some nice color and reflections, but the glare from the sun was making it quite difficult to shoot anything reasonably useable. This is perhaps the best of the group, and it required considerable work to get it to this point, so much so, that I won't bore you with all the details this time. This is a small lake directly behind the Tumwater Canyon Dam which is used to generate a tiny amount of hydroelectric power but whose primary function is involved with the fisheries department for tagging, catching, and artificially spawning salmon. Depending on your time of visit, it can be a truly lovely location. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 7.1.