Amtrak’s Empire Builder 7 makes its way westbound at Gold Bar in the morning hours on the scenic sub.
Recent wildfires that had swept the area have since been largely put out despite Grotto-Skykomish still seeing moderate smoke levels. The pass is recovering as fall begins and the first signs of plant life color change start to appear.
Landscape photography is difficult due to the challenge of combining good light and good scenery. Good railroad photography enters another level of complexity since it requires the first two while there is a train in view.