July 4th When we have out of town visitors who stay for more than a day or two at most, we try to take them to locations that will give them a good idea of the area. On this side of the pond one such location is Mt Walker, a very short mountain only 2100 feet in altitude but a mountain with a spectacular view. From the lookout point at the end of the 1.75 mile road/trail, weather permitting, you can see unobstructed views of Hood Canal, Puget Sound, and the cities of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma –33, 30 and 39 miles distance respectively as the crow flies. In the distant Cascade range to the east, you can spot the volcanic peaks of Mt. Baker, Rainier, Adams and even Mt. St. Helens. To the west and up close loom the Olympic Mountains, with Mt. Jupiter, Constance, Warrior, Welch Peaks, and Townsend clearly in view. This location is the very best place of which I'm aware to get a grasp of what the PNW looks like - when you can see it. This last trip turned out to be the most photogenic we've experienced to date, and although it was a bit hazy, you could see much of what I've identified above. Zoom in and have a tour. A couple of things will be immediately obvious, the city of Seattle and Mt Rainier. Some of the other locations may not be quite as obvious, but give it a go and see what you can find. Three of the 4 peaks are visible, Rainier, St Helens, and Adams, as are Hood Canal (foremost body of water) and Puget Sound (next to Seattle). The Olympics are behind you and the other cities very difficult to discern. But whether or not you can find individual landmarks, you can still get a decent idea of the location in which we live.
This is an 11 frame pano in which I've only adjusted the micro contrast a wee bit to help with the haze control. It is the haze that is causing the overall blue cast. Nikon D500; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/800 sec @ f /11.