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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014

The Beautiful North Cascades

Talk about a dream job: Photographer Ethan Welty roved secluded valleys and isolated mountaintops as an artist-in-residence at Washington's North Cascades National Park last summer. That was just the capstone on eight years he's spent photographing the area. Here are a few of his favorite spots.


North Cascades NP
Colonial Creek Falls

Welty knew 2,854-foot Colonial Falls was a stunner, but he didn"t expect to see a tiny rainbow on it at 6:30 a.m. in Colonial Basin, 3.8 miles up the Pyramid Lake Trail. "I panicked with excitement and hiked along the hillside to make some images in that moment when ice, rock, water, and rainbow coincided," he says. Info nps.gov/noca

There's more photos at: backpacker.com/welty

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