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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mt. Baker

A whole blog post - devoted to nothing else except Mt. Baker.  After the rains cleared away, we could see the mountain - and she is wearing her first winter coat - of snow.
 
 Our first view of Mt. Baker with snow - not too far from our house.  The mountain is actually about 50 miles from our house, but we have many wonderful views of it.


The side peaks appear to be flat against Mt Baker



The next familiar view of Mt. Baker - taken from near Ferndale.  The Sisters are on the right, I  love it when I can get both in one photo.


A peaceful country scene



The little cloud over the side peaks on the right is called a Lenticular Cloud - they form from the unique climate created by the mountain itself.  This was the first one we'd seen on the lower peaks, usually the Lenticular Clouds are above Mt. Baker

 
Later that same week we went to Skagit Valley - and had a completely different view of Mt. Baker.  Mt. Baker is 10,781 ft (3,286 m) tall and can be seen from British Columbia Canada, the San Juan Islands off the very NW corner of Washington, the Olympic Peninsula and on very good days from as far south as Seattle and Tacoma.  One day I shall have views from all those places.
In 1999 Mt. Baker set the world record for the highest recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 in (2,900 cm).  That is 95 FEET of measurable snowfall in one season.  

The view from Skagit Valley shows the side peaks are not flat up against Mt. Baker, as they seem to be from Whatcom County (our county)

Close up of the trees growing on the foothills in front of Mt. Baker


27 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A truly spectacular mountain!

The Weaver of Grass said...

How wonerful to have that exquisite view. Snow is glorious as long as it is that far away!

Lorrie said...

Beautiful Mount Baker. You forgot to mention (although we are included in British Columbia) that we can see Mount Baker from Vancouver Island, too. Such a great scene. We were on the mountain this summer for a picnic. Such fun.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! So majestic and divine photography besides ~ thanks, carol ^_^

Karen Frost said...

So beautiful - I love the view of the whole valley with the cows grazing in the foreground! It looks very cold up there! But very beautiful. xo

Julie Fukuda said...

Mt Fuji does that to me. No matter how many views I have seen, it always takes my breath away and makes me wish I had my camera handy. Sun rise, sunset, spring, fall first snow, you name it, it is a treat for the eyes.

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love these pictures, JoAnn. Of course they make me think of my Dad.

Anne Payne said...

Thank you for sharing these glorious photos of your mountain! They are simply breathtaking.

The Tablescaper said...

Awesome views!!

I host a weekly party called "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" and would love to have you link this post. The link goes up Thursday night at 7pm EST.

- The Tablescaper

Kay said...

Your views are s-o-o-o spectacular! Our Baker views are always sort of misty and distant; it barely seems real at times. And often we just don't see it at all. I plan to post a shot in the next week or two. You'll see how much more faint it is from our distance.

Madge Bloom said...

LOVELY! Aren't we blessed to have so many beautiful volcanoes in WA??? You've captured her in all her loveliness... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on Rurality Blog Hop #35!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi JoAnn. I have pictures of Mt. Baker taken through the windshield of our motorhome on our way back home from Washington. We love Ferndale. We have camped there at the fairgrounds. What a beautiful view..Happy Wednesday..Judy

greenthumb said...

So very pretty and to have snow, we had temps at 40C today so hot.

NatureFootstep said...

ah, it is a beautiful mountain. :) And great shots of it too.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Brrrr...snow! All lovely photos of the majestic mountain ! :)

Van said...

I live in flat Florida where the highest point is...someone's house top? A tree somewhere? No mountains here to behold so I loved this look at one near you. I can't wait to see a scene like that again, my childhood had mountains and they were breath-taking.

Jeanne said...

You are so fortunate to have such a majestic view! Great photos!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Lovely series! Restful yet breathtaking♫ My rurality: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/happy-trails/

Sharon Chapman said...

That's a lot of snow....so soon! Brrrrr. I used to ski there and loved it. Your photos are beautiful and bring back such memories.

Em Parkinson said...

What an amazing place you live. I wasn't expecting to see snow on anyone's blog quite yet!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous views of Mt Baker.. It looks pretty with the snow..Lovely photos, wishing you a happy weekend..My travel entry is up at my travel blog: http://travelwitheileen.blogspot.com/2013/10/national-parks-closed.html

Art and Sand said...

Absolutely beautiful. I had never heard of Mt. Baker.

We live on the coast of southern California and see the foothills. Every once in awhile the snow level is low enough that we see white peaks on the mountains behind the foothills, but it is rare.

Thanks for sharing.

Noel Morata said...

that was a fun tour and reflection of the mountain, boy it does seem to get a lot of snow - stunning!

sometimesthatsallyouget said...

Stunning scenery! A privilege to have such beauty in one's 'backyard!'

~Lindy

Rowan said...

What a beautiful place - magnificent and forbidding too in winter.

My Little Home and Garden said...

These are such majestically beautiful photos of the mountains!

Lili said...

What an incredible sight. I can only imagine what it would be like to see Mt. Baker in person.