North Western Images - photos by Andy Porter

I just returned from a 6-day backpacking trip in North Cascades National Park. We went up and over Cascade Pass, down to Stehekin for a visit to the Stehekin Pastry Company!

On the way there (and back) we visited Horseshoe Basin, which is an incredibly beautiful, jaw-dropping place and will merit its own series of images…but along the way we met up with a denizen of the forest…

We are resting at the trail junction with the spur trail to Horseshoe Basin and looking up I spotted a black bear headed right for us! Excited to have a chance to photograph her, I ran for the camera and started shooting.

Slowly I approached her, as she came down the last switch-back to the trail junction, wanting to have a clear image but not get too close. The trails form a sort of highway for many creatures in the park, it…

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