Description Beautiful lakes are created in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Region of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.
Here Cooper Lake in the background receives moisture from the rain and snow which fall on the surrounding mountains, and the lake's overflow creates the Cooper River in the foreground. The Cooper River will flow southeasterly for 40 miles or so until it merges with the Cle Elum River, and later the Yakima River.
Ultimately these flowing waters will travel several hundred miles south and east through Washington State until they merge into the mighty Columbia River which ultimately flows west into the Pacific Ocean.
Warm air currents moving east from the Sea of Japan with pick up moisture from the cooler Pacific Ocean, and much of that moisture will fall as rain or snow upon the mountains in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Region of the Cascade Muntains.... and the cycle begins once again.
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.