20 Aug 14. The NWCCC makes a bi-annual trek to the end of the Mt Baker Scenic Highway, literally, and books a local church run lodge for a Friday afternoon - Sunday noon weekend of food, socializing, and photography, the emphasis on photography. The main attraction is Picture Lake with Mt Shuksan and the red huckleberry hillside reflecting off its surface. That's the goal, and one I've yet to achieve although I've been on three of the weekend outings and more solo trips than that. On two of the three outings we've had two days of rain and one day of great weather, and on the other it was two days of fog and one day of great weather. All three trips offered great opportunities photographically IF you were willing to get out of the lodge and work with the elements. Most of the participants on these trips were not so willing but I have yet to be stopped by the weather and gotten some truly wonderful images. I've shared a couple dozen, perhaps even more, over the last 8 years. There is a trip scheduled for mid October this year, about 3 weeks later than in previous years, which hopefully will provide for the red hillsides that we've not experienced in sessions past. But even if we don't get the red I'd love to see, there will still be much to photograph. Today's submission is from the very first visit, and was taken on a day with a totally bland flat gray sky, so I've put in a sky to make it somewhat more attractive. Normally, if one were attempting to sneak in a new sky, one would also have to add in that sky's reflection on the surface of the water, but in this case the reflection was coming from a different angle and is properly represented as is. One other change I made to the original was to remove a fair amount of blue from the rock in the mountain. It was in such deep shade that it looked very odd with respect to the colors in the rest of the scene. The graininess seen in the mountain area is due to there being just a dusting of snow on most of its surface, the snowfall having occurred overnight and was the first snowfall of the season. Less than two weeks later the area was closed for the season due to the snow. This area generally opens in early July and closes by the end of October. Two years ago it didn't open at all due to the snowfall. Average annual snowfall at this site is 640+ inches, highest resort snowfall in the world, with a record of 1140 inches (95 feet) falling during the 1998-99 season. Lots of great adventuring available for those of you who enjoying screaming down a mountain on a couple slats of wood. Nikon D300; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /6.3.