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Constitutional Light, by Matt Tilghman
Constitutional Light
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Beautiful afternoon lighting graces a lush forest on Mount Constitution of Orcas Island, Washington.
Mount Constitution
My time in the San Juan Islands was short, but even so, my time on Mount Constitution was far too brief. Everyone told us that going to the top of Mount Constitution and taking in the view was a necessary part of our stay, but they also cautioned us that the view can often be shrouded in clouds, so it's best to plan ahead and be flexible. Flexibility was something we didn't have, since there was a lot we were trying to cram into our short stay on Orcas Island, such as sailing, kayaking, hiking, and dinner at the Red Rabbit Farm (an amazing experience). As such, we only made it to the top of Mount Constitution as an afterthought, when our sail ended and the sky was still clear. It was already late afternoon, so we didn't have long due to constraining dinner plans. Even so, on way back down, I couldn't resist stopping at a quaint roadside patch of forest that drew my eye. The lowering sunlight filtered beautifully through the trees, highlighting the forest's moss and saplings. I was only here for probably ten minutes and didn't expect to get a true keeper, but the scene was so perfect that even my rushed mindset couldn't hold it back.
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