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Fall Color in Washington

Beautiful colors along the Skagit River

Today’s photos are from Lori Ann Fowler in Newhalem, Washington.

fall foliageI am sure you have tons of fall photos with amazing color, but I had to share these with you.

fall leaves near waterI was walking home last night from the greenhouse and snapped these shots as the sun peaked through the clouds.

fall foliage in washingtonThese trees were planted with foresight of the impact the contrasting colors would have with the surrounding granite gorge walls, fast-running Skagit River, and the concrete powerhouse (below).

Gorge Powerhouse washingtonThis is the historic Gorge Powerhouse constructed in the early 1920s to produce electricity for Seattle as part of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.

Skagit riverThe Seattle City Light town of Newhalem was born from this project for employees who live in the remote Cascades.

Ladder Creek Falls TrailSuperintendent and “Father of Seattle City Light” James D. Ross built Ladder Creek Falls Trail and surrounding gardens to showcase the area to visitors.

Saxifraga fortuneiSaxifraga fortunei (Zones 6–9) putting on its fall display.

Newhalem WashingtonNewhalem is the gateway to the North Cascade National Park, and as travelers pass through the Skagit Hydroelectric Project complexes, they enter a fall wonderland that blends as they climb into winter majesty of the American Alps. It is a privilege to live near, work in, and steward these historical gardens.


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  1. garden1953 11/11/2020

    So very beautiful! Thank you for sharing these photos .

  2. bsavage 11/11/2020

    Ahhhh-mazing! I live in beautiful Colorado, and we also have stunning fall colors... I love the contrast of these leaf colors. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Carolyn3134 11/11/2020

    Mother Nature at her best!

  4. katherine_8 11/11/2020

    When I see breath-taking autumn photos like these, I just wish it could be fall all year long. These photos are stunning!! You've captured the beauty of your surroundings and this magical time of year. Thanks for taking the time to share those photos.

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    treasuresmom 11/11/2020

    Amazing fall colors. BTW, Lori and her husband Bill have submitted pics before.
    I think she submitted another set but can't seem to find them.

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      cynthia2020 11/11/2020

      Gorges, a river, and foliage - oh my!

      I haven't been to Washington before - enjoyed looking at all the photos.

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    simplesue 11/11/2020

    So much beauty in Newhalem! So different that the woods and hills around Pittsburgh, PA.
    I think the photo that really took me by surprise was the last one: as I scrolled down from the top on the computer revealing mountains and trees, I was expecting to be in the middle of the wilderness and then there is the sidewalk and street!
    Super pretty!

  8. btucker9675 11/11/2020

    Wow.... incredibly beautiful. Brightened my morning - thank you for sharing!

  9. sohappygardening 11/11/2020

    Outstanding! Nature never disappoints us.

  10. greengenes 11/11/2020

    Wow! Gorgeous! We will check this out when in area. We sure do live in a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing...

  11. wittyone 11/11/2020

    Beautiful landscape and gorgeous pictures. You're so lucky to be living in such a beautiful area.

  12. Maggieat11 11/11/2020

    Wonderful photos! Thank you very much for sharing. Certainly a treat to see!

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    vanhatalosuomi 11/12/2020

    Have always loved the PNW.
    Thank you for sharing your gardens and the gorge photos!

  14. carolineyoungwilliams 11/16/2020

    WOW! Great job Lori. This is absolutely gorgeous. I personally can't get to much of Fall colors, so thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy

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