As it turns out, we had the chance to sneak out of town and spend the Christmas holiday up north near Leavenworth, WA – a logging-town-turn-Bavarian-village nestled in the North Cascades . While we rented a cabin about 30 minutes from town on Fish Lake (near Wenatchee Lake), we made it into town a couple of times over the week.
Though there was a bit of snow on the ground – there hadn’t been snow in a while, making for clear roads (thankfully).
First – here’s a couple from Leavenworth:
This is just a handheld panorama of downtown Leavenworth dressed up for Christmas. That said – I’m a bit partial to the (purposefully) out-of-focus panorama at the top of this post.
On this one – I just liked the interplay of the lights and shadows.
And now a few from Fish Lake.
A spectacular sunrise was on the way.
After that bit of red from the above image faded – the whole scene faded to gray. I’ll be honest, I was tempted to pack up and head inside for some hot coffee. But I waited (with no plan – and, really, no idea why I was waiting). Then this happened. I can’t tell you about all of the sparkles… it might be dust from the neutral density filter?
Just for fun – here’s one of our dog while she waits for a bit of jerky. The light inside the cabin happened to be pretty bright – creating some pretty hard shadows. A bit of post brought those shadows entirely to black.