Snow Camping Under a Full Moon
To snow camp on Huntoon Point, Mt. Baker, has become a sort of must-do for me since 2007 (when I first did that). This is irresistible because, firstly, the view up there is panoramic and breathtaking, with Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker in full view, and secondly the access is easy; the hike takes only about 1.5 hour even with a full load backpack. I may also add that there is a good chance of having the whole place all to yourself; very few people snow camp up there. Which is good if you photograph during the night.
So, when weather forecast promised a couple of clear nights a few days ago, I hiked up there with a friend. It was a full moon night. The moon rise was a bit disappointing due to the clouds on the horizon, but the bright moonlight it shed on the mountains soon after it broke the clouds gave us the opportunity to photograph with relatively low ISO, which means photograph with better image quality. My tent, a new one that I bought recently, was again used as a prop for some pictures. Star trails were difficult to shoot because of the bright moonlight, but I still managed to blend them up on a couple of pictures. It became a bit cloudy and windy in the second half of the night, and none of us could fall in sleep. The sunrise was nice but short of being spectacular, also because of the clouds on the horizon. We hiked down to the parking lot an hour after sunrise.
1. Snow mobiles playing around before the night fell:
2. My tent glows under the moonlight, with Mt. Shuksan in the background:
3. With Mt. Baker in the background:
4. With the stars of the northern sky in the background:
5. With the star trails over Huntoon Point:
6. Before sunrise:
7. Enjoying the alpenglow on Mt. Baker
8. Romantic blue tone of Mt. Baker at sunrise (setting moon in clouds on the right):
9. Layers of mountains of North Cascades:
10. Baker Lake under fog cover: