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Land of Enchantment by iphelps Land of Enchantment by iphelps
After a chilly October night, a mother mountain goat and kid greet the morning sun's warm embrace above Perfection Lake. Part of Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Perfection Lake is once of several alpine lakes located in the Enchantment Lakes Basin. Between the peaks and lakes, Alpine Larches blanket the basin. And in Autumn, while the temperatures drop and days shorten, the larch's needles turn from green to gold (two of my favorite colors), as these deciduous conifers prepare to shed their summer garment.

For myself, this was a long-awaited and much anticipated trip. In order to preserve this incredible wilderness, a limited number of permits are issued to camp here and awarded through a lottery system. And upon entering the basin, it becomes immediately obvious why this area needs to be protected. From the dramatic, jagged peaks to the golden larch adorned, emerald alpine lakes, the Enchantment Lakes is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been fortunate enough to visit.

Mountain Goat nanny and kid - Enchantment Lakes Basin, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful!
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RasmusWAndersen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello.

You've been featured in my weekly photographic feature!

It's visible here [link]
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iphelps Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thank you!
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RasmusWAndersen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :)
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Nattyw Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed a very beautiful place. The goats really add to the whole composition.
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iphelps Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! I am really happy with the way it turned out.
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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, it's amazing! I love the vivid colours and the lights highlightning the most important parts in the photo. The composition is wonderful and I feel really envious that you had a chance to see something like that with your own eyes!
Weren't the goats scared?
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iphelps Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you so much! It was an incredible trip and I was very fortunate to come across this scene. Even though this is a wilderness area, these goats are fairly accustomed to seeing hikers and therefore they weren't too weary of my presence.
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very fine!
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iphelps Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thanks!
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