20 Oct 14 . Our three days at Mt Baked proved to be rain and high winds on Friday, rain and higher winds on Saturday with sun in the far distance, and a clearing on Saturday night bringing out the stars and moon and high hopes for Sunday which arrived with a falling barometer, even higher winds, a thick layer of low clouds with the sun intermittently breaking out, so we stayed out in the weather until departing for home around 1500. The result of that three days of adventure had me exhausted by the time we got home which also incorporated a delayed wait on our totally mis-managed govt run ferry system. Overall the trip photographically was quite rewarding, even though the two things I went to shoot were not available, the fall colors on the hill sides surrounding Picture Lake and the reflection of Mt Shuksan on the lake's surface. The mountain was there to be sure, but on Friday and Saturday none of it was to be seen and on Sunday the top 20% never made it out of the soup. As for the reflection of what was available, the winds from 5 - 24 knots made certain that the surface was anything but glassy. And the brilliant reds of the ground cover peaked last week and were now reddish browns. But there was much to photograph none the less, and the yellows were simply out of this world as were scattered plants of red here and there. That, combined with God's soft light box made by the fully overcast skies on Friday and Sunday, made for some absolutely saturated colors! It couldn't have been better conditions as long as you were willing to WORK with what was there. I made a cursory review this morning before starting to write this of the 1,000+ images I shot and I couldn't be more pleased with what I got. I thought the Yellowstone trip was pretty good; this was an order of magnitude better. Since I haven't had time to work up anything yet, I thought I'd go with a shot from Glacier National Park I shot last fall that will give you a sense of what we had weather wise. While this image is showing conditions that pale in comparison to what we had over the weekend, it will give you some idea of the weather that made for the wonderful colors and contrasts. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/800 sec @ f / 9.