Leavenworth, Washington is a favorite destination for us, and to get there the road parallels the Wenatchee River. The river roars through the Tumwater Canyon, meanders along the foothills, and flows through the town, in one end and out the other. The river is never the same way twice, but it is always a beautiful sight.
Here is the river, before it enters Tumwater canyon. Peaceful, isn’t it.
But not too far down the road, in Tumwater Canyon, it looks totally different.
A little closer to town.
And when the river flows through town, and comes out the other side…
It almost doesn’t seem like the same river. And the view is not the best part. You have to hear it.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we live nearly surrounded by water. In Western Washington, anyway, you are rarely more than a mile from some body of water or other. Lake Washington, Puget Sound, the Green River, the Snoqualmie River, and Silver Lake are minutes away. No two bodies of water or rivers are exactly the same from minute to minute, or season to season. All those bodies of water moderate our weather here, and we rarely get extremes of heat or cold (recently we have been in a very unusual pattern of high temperatures and no rain at all for nearly two months). Water gives the Earth and all its creatures life, and sustains us all. Herewith, some examples of the beautiful water that surrounds me.
This is the Yakima River, just east of the Cascades in Kittitas County. It is wide and shallow, and a great place for fly-fishing.
The wake of a Washington State Ferry, leaving from Edmonds across Puget Sound to the Kitsap Peninsula town of Kingston.
Note how the color of the water is a reflection of the gray clouds overhead.
The Deschutes River at Tumwater Falls.
This is video I took of one of my favorite places, the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth.
Hard to believe that this flat, reflective surface becomes a raging torrent not too far away from this spot.
Glacial-fed Diablo Lake on the Skagit River. I am always amazed by the blue-green color of the water.
Calm waters of North Puget Sound, off the Port Townsend peninsula. We saw many kayakers that day, sticking close to shore.
Last, but not least, a rarity. Frozen water in the bird-bath in our back yard. Both ice and snow are present, and beautiful.