The Three Watchmen

Captured on August 11, 2008 at 11:49AM, this image highlights three classic examples of the Western Anemone (Anemone Occidentalis) keeping watch over Image Lake and Glacier Peak.  

Blooming shortly after snow melt, the Western Anemone is more commonly called the Pasque Flower.  As the plant enters the “fruiting stage”, it takes on other names like Towhead Baby and Mop Top.   Wandering through an alpine meadow during this season, one might think they have dropped into a scene from a Dr. Seuss book.

Rising to an elevation of 10,541 feet, Glacier Peak is the fifth highest summit and one of the most active volcanoes in Washington State.  Nestled in a hollow on Miners Ridge, the serenity of Image Lake provides an intriguing balance to the mountain’s grand posture.  

-- Chuck Davis