Monday, September 25, 2017

Mural, Leavenworth, WA

Many of the buildings in Leavenworth have murals on their sides, expounding on various Bavarian cultural themes.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tourist Monks, Leavenworth, WA

The tourists of Leavenworth are a rather diverse mix, including a fair mix of international travelers and even these probably-Buddhist monks wandering the streets.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fat German Bear, Leavenworth, WA

A piece of Leavenworth's over-the-top street decor: this merchant has apparently decided to part a giant fat stuffed bear in Bavarian costume outside their shop. I just can't get over its wonderfully grumpy expression, and imagine it yelling incomprehensibly at passersby.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Leavenworth, WA

On the Eastern side of Stevens Pass, one descends into the delightful incongruity of Leavenworth, a town that has essentially turned itself into a Bavarian theme park. On a hot summer day, it is jam-packed with tourists there to soak up the spectacle: it is all so ridiculously fake and over the top that it all becomes actually rather delightful.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rockfall netting, Washington

Steel netting covers the cliffs by the side of the highway in Stevens Pass in the Cascades, to trap and mitigate rockfalls.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Root structure, Cascades, Washington

Polished and moss-hung surfaces on the tipped up roots of a long-ago fallen tree near Deception Falls in the Cascades.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mossy trees, Cascades, Washington

Heavy moss coats the towering trees around Deception Falls, where the spray helps create a rain-forest-like environment despite the high altitude and cool.