Washington State is a variable landscape ranging from the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound at sea level to the top of Mt Rainier at over 14000ft. The Cascade mountains which include the volcanos Mt Baker, Glacier Peak, Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, and Mt Adams are the most prominent feature. The mountains run north to south, holding back the rains on their western slopes allowing less precipitation to fall on their eastern slopes finally leaving little to fall on the arid interior. The Wenatchee mountains are contiguous to the east slopes of the central Cascades. The Olympics stand alone to the west on a peninsula hemmed in on three sides by the salt waters of the Pacific, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. The flora of these areas is a blend of endemic plants with species that grow throughout the northern hemisphere. Unlike the lowlands which have been altered dramatically by civilization, the ecosystems of the alpine areas are still intact.
These images were put together by myself to help promote a better appreciation of our alpine flora. The author lives in Seattle, Washington, a city located centrally to a areas described.
The author on Welsh Peak in the Olympic Mountains. Contact: rtramsden[a]gmail.com