On my journey to Lake Chelan,
Washington, in September 2012, I took enough photos along the way to make photo albums for the Columbia Gorge
and Stonehenge, Washington.
And enough for the album I'm introducing here: Highway 97 North 2012, which is a fitting companion to my earlier Highway 97 South 2007.
This journey along U.S. Route 97
from the Columbia River
to Chelan begins with a bridge — the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge
— and ends with a bridge — the Beebe Bridge.
Both of these orange, steel structures carry Route 97 over the Columbia River. I love bridges, and these two are graceful, captivating works of art which I photographed from many different angles and positions. As a result, about half of this album is dedicated to photos of these bridges in all their glory.
I also got a number of interesting shots of the gigantic turbines of the Windy Point / Windy Flat wind farm,
on the hills of Washington just north of the Columbia River. These elegant windmills dwarf the surrounding landscape to such an extent that you almost feel like you're on another planet, or at least on the set of a movie! I especially like the two photos I processed as black and white.
In some of the pictures you will notice smoke or haze in the sky. This was due to the hundreds of wildfires
across the east side of the Washington Cascades,
caused by a severe lightning storm about two weeks before my trip. On my way north on U.S. Route 97, the worst smoke was in the Wenatchee Mountains
After about 12 hours on the road, I finally made it to Chelan — but those photos will be for the next album! For now, you can browse these images, in this, the third of what will end up being eight albums of photos documenting my Lake Chelan trip.