Where can you go to camp, fish, hike, swim and photograph lake reflections from two big mountains - and sometimes even see the northern lights if you bring coffee? There aren't many (any) places I can think of. With my Aurora app and Clear Skies app both telling me that Monday night would be a good night under the stars, I headed for Baker Lake to do some exploring.
The lake is actually a reservoir for the dam on the Baker River used for generating power and I assume flood control too as the river eventually flows into the Skagit River near Concrete. I generally shy away from reservoirs for taking photographs but I sure wasn't disappointed when I arrived.
Following is an afternoon view of Mt. Baker with full sun.
A few hours later.
Walk a couple hundred feet and you can see Mt. Shuksan directly north across the lake.
Not a lot of sunset color this night but still beautiful.
I took both the photo above of Mt. Shuksan and the one that follows of Mt. Baker standing from the same spot.
While waiting for the northern lights to show, I focused on taking some night shots of Mt. Baker and star reflections in the lake. Even a few meteors.
By about 1:30 am, some color began to show to the north. There was the aurora - a bit weak but still there. And even the appearance of the Milky Way.
Here is a closer view of the Aurora.
What really popped my cork was the following view - the result of stitching together 8 photos to see a full panorama from Mt. Baker to the west to Mt. Shuksan directly north.
Here we have reflections of two mountains, the northern lights showing over Mt. Shuksan, the tail of the Milky Way also showing over Mt. Shuksan and even a meteor. I think I'll be heading back soon.
p.s. Lots of hiking from here and plenty of new places to explore.