In this photo round-up we pack two months into one, and oh, what a couple months it’s been. When we weren’t watching infographics—hoping those lines plotting COVID-19 data take a dip, or biting our nails over maps as states voted red or blue—we were also watching the seasons change, listening to snow geese flock noisily overhead, and inhaling the damp as we peered at mushrooms alongside the trail. Please enjoy!
Nature-lovers for all seasons, Institute staffers pulled on knit caps and layers, and got outside to elevate heart rates and spirits. Even as the temperatures cool and the days shorten, the North Cascades is an awesome place to welcome fall with friends.
October and November never disappoint for foragers and fans of fungi. Top marks to this crew for the diversity of specimens spotted trailside in murky hollows and mossy understories across the region.
The arrival of SNOW
And just like that, it feels like winter is upon us in the North Cascades. There’s a spark of excitement—even for those of us living and working at lower elevations—when the Environmental Learning Center sees its first snow.
Our Wild Views
We can never get enough of the magnificent mountains and moody skies of our North Cascades and beyond. There’s always a new angle, a new light, a new feeling about these views!
Snowy Finds Fame
Birders of Seattle recently marked “Snowy owl” off their lifetime lists and enjoyed a rare sighting of an extraordinary visitor to the Queen Anne neighborhood. Being beyond the southern-most edge of Snowy owls’ usual winter range, this owl even ruffled feathers at local news outlets. Photographer and Institute Finance Director, Jason Ruvelson made the drive south to capture this handsome shot.
Thanks for coming along on this photo round-up! As always, we invite you to share your own adventures with us—please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and your pics just might appear in our next round up!