Traveling with Art: Mount Shuksan, Washington State


On the west side of Washington State, Mount Shuksan has become a beloved mountain of the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of the most visited and photographed in the world; the artist Banksy even used it in a piece in Palestine.


This particular piece that you see above is by the artist Laurie Wells, titled “Autumn at Mt. Shuksan.” Its name “Shuksan” comes from a Lummi word meaning “high peak”. It’s a non-volcanic peak and makes for a stunning, almost intimidating view. The huge mountain has made many best-of lists, including “Washington’s Highest Peaks” and “Great Peaks of North America”.



A view of the mountain from Baker Lake. By Lhb1239 on Wikimedia, CC 3.0

“Mt. Shuksan epitomizes the jagged alpine peak like no other massif in the North Cascades…Shuksan is one of the finest mountaineering objectives in the North Cascades and its reputation is certainly deserved” – Fred Becky, Cascade Alpine Guide : Rainy Pass to Fraser River


It’s common to see photographs with the mountain’s reflection in Highwood Lake near the Mount Baker Ski Area.


The mountain also has its own waterfalls: Sulphide Creek Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in North America, along with four other tall waterfalls.


It’s a paradise for hikers, to be sure — not to mention clearly popular among the artistic crowd! This Pacific Northwest monument is sure to impress.


Have you ever visited Mt. Shuksan? What did you think?



Traveling with Art: North Wales

North Wales is a hidden gem full of beautiful landscapes and quiet escapes. It may be small, but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of places to explore. The oil painting above shows a mountain in North Wales, probably in the Snowdonia region. The peace of Wales translates itself to the calm, golden colors of the painting.


Plenty of art has been inspired by North Wales, an unofficial region in the country of Wales. The London and North Western Railway once made some postcards to advertise landmarks of the area:


w1Conwy Castle (spelled “Conway” on the postcard) is a Medieval castle built in the 13th century. It withstood several wars and saw several holdups. In 1665 it was stripped of its remaining iron and lead to be sold — leaving it functioning mainly just for tourism as it does today.



w2The quaint seaside town of Llandudno has been titled “Queen of the Welsh Resorts.” The land it settles on formed over many hundreds of years through the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age on the limestone headland.


The town of Beddgelert has a fascinating tale surrounding it. A legend says that a dog named Gelert belonged to Llywelyn the Great. Llywelyn returns one day to find that his baby is missing and Gelert is nearby with blood on his mouth. Thinking the worst, Llywelyn kills Gelert. But then he hears a baby wail from the corner of the room — his child is alive, and next to him lies a dead wolf. Llywelyn buries the dog and is said to never have smiled again. Beddgelert is named after the faithful hound in this story; there’s a mound named Gelert’s Grave in the town, although there’s no evidence that the story is actually true.


These are just a few gems among the area of North Wales. Which one would you want to visit?