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Winter Comes to Northern Cascadia

As you descend from the alpine hemlock zone towards the St. Elias Mountains on the Haines Highway, Cascadia reveals itself.

Farther south, this meeting of energies would give shrub steppe, sagebrush and bunchgrass, but here it gives hemlock, alder, poplar and a rich tapestry of heathers and alpine cover.

The energy is the same. A month ago, the mountains of Yellowstone, at the southern tip of Cascadia, turned to fog rivers as well, but now the glory is here.

Right, let’s step off the road and stop shooting directly into the sun.

And following the water down, we come to Alaska. Here’s a view looking northwest to British Columbia. But if you want to sum it all up, well…

… eagles express this boundary very well. Look at the dears, drying their wings.

The chum are running upriver.

OK, so that’s Cascadia speaking. And this?

 

That’s downtown Lowden, Washington, where the war to create Cascadia out of native space began in 1848.

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