Saturday, 26 July 2008

Mount Baker, WA, seen from Victoria, BC

A somewhat rare view of Mount Baker in Washington State taken on July 12th, 2008 from the heights above Matticks Farm in Saanich, British Columbia (slightly north of downtown Victoria).

This clean, clear atmosphere on a perfect summer day is one of the things we need to preserve and improve. That's why these pictures should be viewed in conjunction with the previous post. :)

Don't you agree?

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