Photos by Robert Batt
Birch Bay Sunset
View toward Point Roberts from Birch Bay State Park. Whatcom County.
Achlys triphylla. Along the Evergreen Trail in Rockport State Park. Skagit County.
View over Birch Bay towards Point Roberts. Birch Bay State Park. Whatcom County.
Along the well-named Evergreen Trail in Rockport State Park.
Ancient fir tree toppled in a 1974 storm, Evergreen Trail, Rockport State Park.
View from Illabot Creek Forest Service Road 16, Mt Baker Ranger District.
Beach Trail at Joseph Whidbey State Park
South end of the beach trail, looking north along the west coast of Whidbey Island.
Stairs to beach at South Whidbey State Park
One of the beach access trails goes steeply down. South Whidbey State Park, west side of Whidbey Island.
Kayakers at Deception Pass
Kayakers going west through Deception Pass, near Fidalgo Island. Deception Pass State Park.
C. C. C. dedication plaque
Civilian Conservation Corps dedication plaque to the CCC workers in Washington State. Bowman Bay CCC camp, Deception Pass State Park.
C. C. C. Worker Monument
Monument in Deception Pass State Park, Bowman Bay, to the Civilian Conservation Corps workers.
Deception Pass State Park
Welcome sign at main park entrance.
Lummi Island from Whatcom Chief Ferry
View of Lummi Peak (Lummi Point) from the Whatcom Chief Ferry that goes to Lummi Island from Gooseberry Point on the mainland. The Baker Preserve Trail goes near to the summit seen in the photo.
San Juan Islands from Lummi Island
From the overlook viewpoint at the end of the Baker Preserve trail, Lummi Island.
Sunset over Wildcat Cove
Looking west towards San Juan Islands from Larrabee State Park
Warm light along the forest trail
Fragrance Lake Trail, Larrabee State Park
Reflection in Fragrance Lake, Larrabee State Park. Photo by Robert Batt.
Improved Trail to Lake Dorothy
The Forest Service has done a great job improving the trail to Lake Dorothy. Some hikers might say too great a job, since it is so easy now to hike to the lake.
First view hikers see of Lake Dorothy from the outlet stream.
Cougar and Skyline Divides
Cougar and Skyline Divides on Mt. Baker, seen from Church Mountain
After hiking uphill in the forest for a couple of hours, you break out into this large alpine meadow, with the summit ahead of you. The day I was there was partly cloudy: sometimes the summit was in view, sometimes not.
Alpine meadow on Church Mountain
View south from the Church Mountain trail towards Cougar and Skyline Divides.
Flowers on Church Mountain
Trailside floral display on the way up Church Mountain.
Low cloud at Lake Serene
After all the effort to hike up to Lake Serene, the views were limited because of the clouds. Eventually the clouds lifted a little bit.
Hikers at Lake Serene
Most hikers stop for lunch on this big rock overlooking Lake Serene.
Chipmunk at Lake Serene
Always moving, these chipmunks are difficult to photograph. This one stayed on and around the big rock where hikers often stop for lunch, eating the morsels of food left by humans.
Mt. Baker - Mt. Shuksan, Baker Lake
View north from Anderson Point over Baker Lake: Mt. Baker on the left, Mt. Shuksan on the right; Horseshoe Cove Campground along the shore, left and center.
Anderson Point, Baker Lake
Several scenic campsites at Anderson Point, on a short side trail off the Baker Lake Trail just north of Anderson Creek. Across the lake is Horseshoe Cove Campground and Mt Baker above. We saw a black bear on the side trail, but it had no interest in us, only in the berries it was eating.