light impressions by vitali prokopenko

Rampart Lakes

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With yellows and reds of fall foliage, with tall evergreens around us we started our ascend high into the mountains over Snoqualmie Pass towards a system of lakes nestled in those mountains. The sun was high, they sky was clear and the weather was warm if not outright hot. We walked thru the forest breaking from time to time into open spaces filled with shrubbery. From time to time we would glimpse thru the trees pointy mountain peaks above. Somewhere between them there was our destination.

We made a short break by Rachel Lake with its deep blue water roughed up by the gusts of wind. The meadows between the trees were covered with blueberry bushes which had delightfully tasty ripe blueberries on them. Rested we headed onto the second leg of our ascend to the Rampart Lakes. The trail got much steeper and rougher. It was no big deal for someone travelling light but it was not an easy fit for us hauling backpacks filled with tent, sleeping bag, food and photo equipment.

As the trail leveled it weaved thru the quiet and peaceful forest until at last it opened up to Rampart Lakes. First, we were greeted by a small tarn - a lake that had almost disappeared after long and dry summer. As we went further the trail split into a maze of trails snaking between the lakes - lots to explore.

We spent three days filled with photography, exploring and connecting with the nature and two restless nights with blasting gusts of winds pushing our tent down to the ground and pouring rain reminding us of upcoming winter. This a photo journal of that trip...

Morning Mist

morning mist

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Rampart Lakes #2

rampart lakes #2

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Rampart Lakes #3

rampart lakes #3

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rampart lakes #5

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Alta Mountain #1

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Alta Mountain #2

alta mountain #2

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Alta Mountain #3

alta mountain #3

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rampart lakes #4

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Lila Lake

lila lake

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rampart lakes #13

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rampart lakes #14

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Rampart Lakes #20

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Rampart Lakes #21

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Rampart Lakes #22

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rampart lakes #24

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Beyond the Mirror of Water

beyond the mirror of water

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Rampart Lakes #27

rampart lakes #27

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Color of Water #1

color of water #1

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Rampart Lakes #29

rampart lakes #29

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Island of Light

island of light

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Color of Water #2

color of water #2

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Color of Water #3

color of water #3

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Rampart Lakes #34

rampart lakes #34

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