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Old Jul 27, 2012, 2:31 PM   #1
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My baby girl and her family are here for a while. They need to get some fresh air after living in Shanghai so we took off on the North Cascade Highway for a day out to the town of Winthrop. From the beach on the Puget sound to 6,000 feet over the high plains. With many photo stops and food stops on the way.
First stop was the Hydoelectic village of Newharlem and a picnic.

What a great ride (the Bently) on a day like this.
The seattle Light Co. train
And the kids tearing it apart.
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Up into the Ross Lake area and Washington Pass. I'd promised them snow and grandpa Ken is always right.

A snowmelt creek running down to Ross Lake
Zoomed in a little
Ross Lake, runs up into Canada. The colour is glacial minerals.
A hill? with snow
Kids got no respect. It's the polynesion side I blame...

Sorry about the quality, rushed the shots a tad.
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Typical alpine weather. Bright blue clear morning, puffy clouds in the early afternoon the thunder, lightening, and heavy showers later. Getting back over the west side it was clearing for an interesting sunset. Then just before nine pm with the sun just leaving the tops we had the mist rising on the river.

Up at the top. Igneous granite intrusion, so I've been told.

Next three, I was pushing mine and the camera's limits with the 70-300 at 1/10th to 1/30th sans tripod or stabilizing. I wanted to keep them at f6.3 -f8 for as much detail as I could. Then the ISO at 320 is as far as I could go without the dreaded grain. I'll keep them though.

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What a great day you must have had! It was fun to read about it and really enjoyed looking at your shots. Well done, Ken!
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Dittos for me. That scenery is awesome
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+4 from me - great scenery. I didn't know you had a classic Bentley. (Steering wheel's on the wrong side, though.)
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+4 from me - great scenery. I didn't know you had a classic Bentley. (Steering wheel's on the wrong side, though.)
You actually made me go and check. But it's not. Please refer to your sig..

[lecture] In days of yore people rode their horses or drove the carts/chariots on the left, thus leaving their dominant hand, the right, free to beat off attackers. Even in stagcoach days and even in this great country they did the same.
Then along came the car and the US in their infinite wisdom switched sides. That's why it's always funny seeing cop chases with the cop trying to shoot forward with his right hand. Or cut a bank robber down with his sword.[/lecture]

Thanks guys, for the pos comments, it was a good day. Down by the river bank the mist felt and smelt more like steam. Fun trying to use it and beat the light.
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[lecture] In days of yore people rode their horses or drove the carts/chariots on the left, thus leaving their dominant hand, the right, free to beat off attackers. Even in stagcoach days and even in this great country they did the same.
Then along came the car and the US in their infinite wisdom switched sides. That's why it's always funny seeing cop chases with the cop trying to shoot forward with his right hand. Or cut a bank robber down with his sword.[/lecture]
I know that. What does that have to do with me jerking your chain?
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LOL. As I am left handed, it seems to me that they got it right to drive on the right. Sounds like British whining to me.

..:"Today about 66.1% of the world's people live in right-hand traffic countries and 33.9% in left-hand traffic countries. About 72% of the world's total road distance carries traffic on the right, and. 28% on the left."
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