Eager to capture photos at Artist Point before the summer's clear skies disappeared, The Bellingham Herald photographer Matt McDonald drove to the end of Mount Baker Highway Tuesday, Aug. 26.
McDonald walked along the Artist Ridge Trail, capturing photos of Mount Shuksan's reflection in the pools, and people enjoying the hike and scenic area.
McDonald also set up a second camera on a tripod to capture photos for a time-lapse video of the clouds, mountains and reflection of both in the pools. As the sun dropped, he drove down to Picture Lake and stumbled upon Tim Berry of Port Townsend fishing at Picture Lake. Berry was scouting out new places to fish while camping with his wife.
McDonald started another time-lapse video of the sun dropping and the clouds racing across Mount Shuksan. Once the stars started to come out, he captured photos of the Milky Way above Mount Shuksan and started another time-lapse video of the stars. A few other photographers also were at Picture Lake, capturing photos of the starry scene - you can see flashlights blinking on and off and car headlights in some of the images in the time-lapse video.
As 2 a.m. approached, with the cameras starting to gather condensation on the lenses, McDonald decided to put his camera gear away and head back to Bellingham.