Description Travelling east-west to or from Seattle, Washington on I-90 you cross the Cascade Mountains through Snoqualmie Pass. Just east of the 3,300' pass summit is Lake Keechelus, a natural lake which captures the rain runoff and snow melt from the neighboring mountains. The average annual precipitation at the lake's elevation is 68', and considerably more at the higher mountain elevations.
A dam at the east end of the lake allows this basin to fill in the winter and spring. The captured water forms the Yakima River which flows eastward and is used to irrigate the valley east of the Cascade Mountains. The river eventually merges with the mighty Columbia River.
Bud Obermeyer, Cle Elum, Washington Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement I am a retired corporate manager in the property-casualty insurance industry with personal interests in photography, sports memorabilia, and poker. My wife of 48 years, Carole, and I were both born and raised in New York - her in Manhattan/Bronx and I in Brooklyn. We spent many years on the "corporate transfer trail" and have lived in the general locales of Philadelphia PA (where our son Jeff was born), Seattle WA, Anchorage AK, Columbia SC, and back to Seattle WA.
We now live in Cle Elum, Washington which is 85 miles east of Seattle, just on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. Cle Elum is located at 1,800' elevation and has a population of 1,300 people. We are surrounded by natural beauty which changes dramatically with each of the four seasons. Summers are hot and dry and winters are cold and white :) We are surrounded by national forests and mountains but within a 15 minute drive we can be in near desert.
All of this natural beauty inspires me to get out in the field and try to capture the wonder of this incredible land in photographs. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy taking them.