After about eleven hours on the road, traveling from my home in Albany, Oregon, through the Columbia Gorge,
taking a short detour to a Stonehenge replica,
and then continuing north on U.S. Route 97,
I finally reached my destination for the day: Chelan,
Located at the southeastern end of the fjord-like Lake Chelan,
it is the launching point for the fifty-mile, four-hour boat trip up the lake to Stehekin
at the other end. I enjoyed a great dinner at the Tin Lilly
restaurant, then made my way down to the waterfront, where I got some great shots of a sunset enhanced by smoke from the region's forest fires.
After a good night's sleep at the Lakeside Lodge & Suites
(it was still a Best Western
when I stayed there), I boarded the Lady of the Lake
the next morning in time for the 8:30 departure. The majority of these photos were taken from the ship as we made our way northwest, deeper into the mountains.
The boat was an excellent platform from which to view the lake and take pictures, but because of the forest fire smoke, the conditions ended up being not so great for photography. There was a lot of haze, details were indistinct, and the colors were muted. As I was processing the 260 photos from this stage of my journey, I discovered that many of them looked better in black and white instead of color — in fact, so many that I decided to create a separate album just for them.
It is an interesting coincidence that I ended up with 38 photos in the color album, AND 38 photos in the Lake Chelan 2012 B&W
album. If you want to experience the full range of Lake Chelan's beauty, be sure to view the photos in BOTH albums.
It is also interesting and exciting to note that this color Lake Chelan 2012 collection is the 100th photo album on this Web site! These albums represent a lot of time, effort, equipment and travel over a period of seven years. It's been a great photographic journey
— and it's not over yet!