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Aerial photos capture beauty of North Cascades peaks

Image recorded during a flight to Mt. Stuart and Glacier Peak by Steph Abegg flying with pilot/photographer John Scurlock of Bellingham on Dec. 4, 2011.  Mt. Stuart is at far right.  The view looks to the south/southeast. (Steph Abegg)
Image recorded during a flight to Mt. Stuart and Glacier Peak by Steph Abegg flying with pilot/photographer John Scurlock of Bellingham on Dec. 4, 2011. Mt. Stuart is at far right. The view looks to the south/southeast. (Steph Abegg)

MOUNTAINS -- Climbers, and everyone else, can enjoy an eagle-eye view of Glacier Peak west of Lake Chelan in a series of photos shot by John Scurlock, a Bellingham firefighter/paramedic who built his own sport plane and uses it to capture interesting aerial scenic photos.

Scurlock has developed an incredible photo gallery website where he has a large inventory of aerial views detailing winter routes and faces on North Cascades peaks and more.

Last week, Scurlock and Steph Abegg photographed Glacier Peak and Mount Stuart, two prized wilderness destinations for the region's mountaineers.

When you go to his website, be sure to click on "view map," which locates the mountains and allows you to click a bubble and see the photo. 

This photograph of upper Glacier peak  looks to the south/southeast.

Here's an interesting view of blowing snow back-lit by the setting sun, taken just as they turned the plane toward home in a steady 40-50 mph wind out of the north at altitude, "a typical clear-weather winter pattern in my experience" Scurlock said.

(Click 'original' below the images to see the largest uploaded sizes.)

 




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