Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cascade Loop

These some shots from our recent trip to Washington state. Hubby and I drove around the Cascade loop stopping in various places. After flying into Seattle we hopped right into our rental car and drove to our first nights stay near Marblemount. This part of the drive is next to the Skagit River and is very scenic. We stopped at the overlook for Diablo Lake which has a beautiful torquoise blue color. Even the rivers were a beautiful shade of blue. The color comes from the surrounding glaciers grinding rocks into a fine powder which creates this brilliant torquoise luminosity. Even on the dreary and rainy day we were there the lake's blue color really stood out.







The rivers and trees were just beautiful.


 Some of my other photos included in my mosaic were of some Cedar Waxwings that were in the nearby trees along the overlook. This was the first time I actually saw some juvenile Cedar Waxwings. They were cuties.  The Cedar Waxwings and the Red Breasted Nuthatches were the most common birds we saw. And during our 9 days there we must have heard or saw thousands of them.




I have to mention my dear hubby stood over me holding the umbrella so I could get these shots, isn't he nice. Even the poor birds look wet but still cute. The rain did not stop us from taking walks on the trails the umbrella worked perfect for these times too. After leaving Marblemount we drove onto our next stop along the loop which was Lake Chelan which will be on another post.

We did stop at the town of Winthrop for dinner, which is like an old western town. A neat place to stop and check out the stores, eat dinner and get an ice cream.








To see more cool mosaics visit Mary's Mosaic Monday and to see more of Sally's Blue Monday
thanks Mary and Sally for hosting this fun memes.

I am also link to That's My World.  My vacation in Washington State was going around the Cascade Loop and was my world last week and a half.

Also thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed my post.

54 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

You have got the perfect cascadeEileen.

Bernie said...

Great mosaic ... that water is the most fantastic colour. Amazing how the colour is the result of wear and tear on the surrounding rocks!
I've never heard of Cedar Waxwings ... that's a new one for me! So is Red Breasted Nuthatches ... who thinks up these names????

GrandmaK said...

You always take us to such wonderful and beautiful places...It's a grand adventure!! Cathy

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning photos, love the color of the water and river. Beautiful mosaic.

Dishesdone said...

Gorgeous! You go to such amazing places! Love these shots!

Snap said...

The Pacific Northwest is such beautiful territory. I think it may be impossible to take a bad shot! Your images are stunning. Thanks so much for taking me back to a place I love.

A New England Life said...

I'm so glad your husband held the umbrella! Those shots are gorgeous! The water must be incredible. Maybe one day I'll make it to that part of the country.

Lavender Cottage said...

Beautiful country Eileen, and yes, your hubby is a great guy to hold the umbrella up for you.

Mary said...

Oh how beautiful! It must have been an amazing trip!!!

Vee said...

Diablo Lake certainly has the most beautiful shade of water I've ever seen. Just lovely!

Mary said...

I've never visited Washington State...I'm amazed at the turquoise water in the lake & river! Beautiful...

Country Girl said...

Beautiful mosaic. Love the colors.

Diana said...

What lovely photos! The river is just gorgeous.

~Cheryl said...

Sorry it rained when you visited our area, but the temperatures have been warm-ish anyway. Glad you had a trusty umbrella and sweet hubby to hold it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I always look forward to visiting your blog Eileen, as I know your nature photos will always be beautiful!

Bill S. said...

Fantastic post and photos. What talent you have.

magiceye said...

wow that was brilliant!

magiceye said...

that was wonderful!!

Life Ramblings said...

that must be a wonderful trip. love your mosaic, great job. Happy Blue Monday!

forestal said...

great post and photos. looks like a good time

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful views despite the rain.

Baba said...

I love the blue color of the river and lake..I would love to visit a relaxing place like this one day.Thanks for sharing..
Hugs, Baba

Vernz said...

the first photos are splendid, it's so fresh and so lush... awesome...

My BLUE MONDAY here

Rajesh said...

What an amazing experience you had. The place is very beautiful and scenic.

SmilingSally said...

We've visited Washington state once, and I love the "lacy" trees.

Happy Blue Monday, Eileen! Check out my book giveaway.

Anita said...

wow..so beautiful landscapes!!Go wish i was there!!!Hugs!!

rainfield61 said...

You have another great header!

I always love to walk in a rain, and take pictures under an umbrella.

It was magical that the butterfly never flew away at the time.

Diann said...

Absolutely stunning photos! Everything looks so beautiful!

jabblog said...

Beautiful photos from your trip. The turquoise water is stunning.

Indrani said...

Terrific shots in the mosaic.
Great series of captures.

@nemonen said...

Stunning photos. Great mosaic.

NatureFootstep said...

So many great places there are in the states. I envy you.

Kerri said...

Beautiful!

Irene said...

Wow, what a great place to visit! And lovely photos, as always!

Hugs from Irene

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific vacation, Eileen! And your collage is superb! Such marvelous photos! Have to admit I'm just a tad envious! So glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing it with us! Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

moe lauher said...

Very nice posting - great photos and informative notes - thank you for sharing

Donnie said...

Wow, I really loved your photos. I'm glad I participated in Blue Monday so I could visit all these lovely places.

EG Wow said...

What a lovely area! I can see why you would want to visit there!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Eileen,
I've said this before, but you sure get to experience some awesome places! I enjoyed your photos and reading about the reason for the color of the water.

J Bar said...

I like the character with the ice cream cone.

dawn said...

A beautiful place and great shots!

Kay L. Davies said...

That juvenile Cedar Waxwing in the rain is just about the cutest thing ever, Eileen.
I love the glacier-fed lakes and rivers in Washington and British Columbia. You picked a beautiful area for your drive, and your mosaic is super. Thanks.


Kay
Alberta, Canada

JayLeigh said...

The place you went is so beautiful! I've not been there before, but I'd sure love to now! I really enjoyed reading about your experience there and seeing the wonderful pictures.

Ebie said...

Wow, beautiful collage of your vacation. It is very scenic. Even with the rain, you still capture the beauty!! What a nice vacation!

Carol said...

Great photos, Eileen. And I love your collage. You managed to capture wonderful shots even in the rain. What a good hubby holding the umbrella for you!

diane said...

What a great place to visit. It sounds like Canada's west coast with the blue/green lakes and rivers. It does rain a lot in that area but glad you kept on trekking. Birds are cute and bedraggled.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Eileeninmd,
questo tuo mondo è meraviglioso !
sarebbe molto bello poterlo visitare !!!
Buona giornata :)

EG Wow said...

Eileen,
You asked on my blog if birds eat sumac berries. The answer is yes, in spring when they can't find anything they like better. LOL Robins especially hang out around the bushes in early spring.
EG

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

the birds is so adorable....and all the photos are great

Jo said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Put in Bay aka as South Bass Island is near Put in Bay - you take the ferry from Catawba Is which is next to Port Clinton

Elaine said...

Your header and mosaic are gorgeous! I used to live in Washington and have three sons living in the Seattle area so I have spent a lot of time there. I think I may have to break down and get an umbrella so I don't have to worry about getting my camera wet, but I'm not sure my hubby would be as obliging as yours. I think I might have to hold it myself!

Eden said...

What a beautiful place! Love all your photos, Eileen. And my favourite is the bird. Thank you for sharing.

Phil said...

What a beautiful place you visited Eileen with a super set of photos to remember your visit with. I think hubby should get a shave though.

Johnny Nutcase said...

what a great vacation! looks like lots of fun, love the mosaic! that juvie waxwing is adorable!