Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park

Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park © 2010 Bo Mackison

We took an unexpected side trip to the Cascades. As we were driving from Seattle to Vancouver, we saw the Cascades Highway and had to go check out the National Park. We ended up spending the night, getting a bit away from our planned trip. That just makes the trip that much more of an adventure, that much more fun!

And our family collects visits to the National Parks and Monuments the way other families collect coupons.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Gandalf says:

    Awesome view. I imagine it’s even more spectacular in person. Excellent choice of a side trip.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It was a spectacular place to spend a day in the wilderness – no internet, no cell phones, no TV or radio. Very quiet…

  2. Good side trip, Bo…and a beautiful picture. I look forward to more. Xtine.

  3. That is so gorgeous! A lovely photo, Bo. Your trip sounds like a fun adventure! 🙂

  4. Wow and wow! I know how hard it is to capture that kind of beauty. Well done, Bo. I want to go there. Now. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      The lights and darks are pushing my photo abilities to the limits. If nothing else, I’ve had lots of experience with exposure compensation in the last week! Thanks, Robin. It’s a great place to visit.

  5. Nice job in capturing the lake color! I know what you mean about exposure compensation!

  6. The colors here are simply gorgeous. Love the teals and blues. Can’t get much more beautiful than this!!!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Real colors, too, Marcie. Those turquoises are just about the prettiest lake color Ive ever seen!

  7. Seems like an almost-unreal, idealistic place. Like a fairy-tale setting. So amazing that such lovely places exist, and that you got the chance to capture it.

  8. OMG…look at the color of that WATER!!!!! “…our family collects visits to the National Parks and Monuments the way other families collect coupons.” Another great line!!!! Gosh, I’m So behind reading your blog, Bo – you just blow me away with your stories and photos!

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