Off the Grid





I have been off the grid for a couple of days. Gained strength and energy in Mother Nature again. This time we went to the Eastern Cascades around Leavenworth in Washington State, USA, more specifically into different valleys and over different passes of Alpine Lake Wilderness. Despite the fact that it’s almost October, the autumn colours had yet hardly turned into their magnificent explosion. They were still more subtle and still mostly green – a subtlety I really like, nevertheless. One exceptions though, at the top on Ingall’s Pass the larches had turned into a beautiful warm and radiating orange and yellow colour. The palette was stark and conspicuous. It was indeed a wonderful couple of days away from the rest of the world.

88 thoughts on “Off the Grid

  1. These images show up the ruggedness of the wilderness so well, Otto. I particularly like the first one of the blasted tree, so stark and all around is rugged. The glow of the autumn colours on the pass with the low hanging clouds is truly what photography is all about in nature to me and love the sense of scale with the person. Glad you had such a great trip up in the mountains.

  2. It is a 21st century luxury to get off the grid and to be surrounded by nature, removed from the routine and the pressures of that life.

    1. I guess you are quite right. In earlier times everyone of course was off the grid as we think of it today, but it might not have involved the feeling of luxury and rejuvenation as it does today. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Nina.

  3. Wonderful capturing of the mountain scenes during season changing. Each one has different personality. I bright orange pine of the last picture is just so gorgeous!

    1. Thank you for the lovely words. The trees on the last picture are the larches I was writing about in the text. It’s a coniferous tree like pine, but loses its needles during winter time.

  4. i want to live off the grid, my husband says i won’t make it 10 minutes lol… these pictures are lovely and make me dream all the more, of my tiny house in the woods 🙂 glad you had fun! and recharged

  5. What beautiful scenery.
    So good to hear you have a break communing with Nature – always refreshing and a great recharge to the creative processes.

  6. Being off the grid is absolutely a wonderful thing; it does renew one’s spirit…especially being out in nature. I especially love that last photo with the layering of trees and mountains and clouds.

  7. Funny timing. I was off the grid for about a week up in the Oregon Cascades near Hells Canyon. The weather was astoundingly gorgeous (though rather weird for this time of year.) The mountains are so refreshing in so many ways. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. 🙂

    1. I did enjoy it very much, thank you. And, yes, weather has been unusual warm many places. Unfortunately I should add, since it’s becoming more and more clear that its caused by human interference with the atmosphere. Thanks for the comment, Gunta.

  8. Hej Otto, underbara, färgstarka, mäktiga och intressanta bilder, gillar var och en för sig och alla tillsammans. Njutbart att få ta del av och en välförtjänt paus för dig/er att hämta ny energi. Bilden på det jag tror kan översättas till Lärkträd blir min favorit.
    Bästa Hälsningar

  9. Some dramatic scenery and autumn colours. The last one is particularly special with those low clouds and the gorgeous colours. You are so lucky to live close to such beautiful mountains, Otto

  10. Welcome back, Otto. Your pictures are amazing, as always. Autumn in the Pacific northwest is such a gorgeous time, I’m glad you were able to capture some of its wonder.

  11. The last two photos have a particularly painterly feel to them. I’m reminded of Albert Bierstadt’s work, although he tended toward a more romantic portrayal of the landscape. The larches remind me of our cypress. You’ve captured them beautifully. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  12. Otto, just wonderful! I appreciate the comments about the subtle changes to fall foliage. In our region it still has a summer feel, but I enjoy watching for the slight shifts in color and the very distinct changes to the slant of light. The soft changes in color and light are even more poignant given the lingering harsh heat. How wonderful to get off the grid and linger in such beauty! I look forward to my next time to do the same!

    1. It has indeed been quite a special autumn. Now I am back in Norway again – and usually by October the foliage is all gone, but this year there is still plenty of even green left. I hope for you that you will soon get a chance to get off the grid, too. Thanks, Debra.

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