The old highway between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, Washington, offers many opportunities to take pictures. Trains, rolling hills, curves, basalt and always changing seasonal colors make this long-cut a reason to leave the Interstate.
Here’s a few shots-some of my first after returning to film.
Monday, I was downtown and shot the Smith Tower from the base. The iconic landmark has been photographed thousands of times. I don’t recall seeing one from this angle.
The balance of the shots took advantage of Seattle’s sublime August light. With wildfire smoke the last two years marring our skyline and choking our lungs, this year has been a nice and welcome surprise.
I expected to find a dilapidated former mill. Instead, I found it open and staffed by a helpful guide.
“How many people will visit today?”
“Yes, that would include you.”
I’ll crib off the Wikipedia page and tell you that the mill was build in 1879. A series of canals divert Yakima River water to turn the grinding wheels. In 1907 a steam generator was added which furnished electricity to launder clothes two mornings a week and light homes a few hours each evening.