I have visited Artist Point in Mount Baker National Forest several times for both sunrise and sunset, but I have always been foiled by low clouds and obscured views. On my way up this time I couldn't help but think to myself, "not again!" And as I arrived at the parking area my thick low lying cloud nemesis had already begun to obscure the views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. However, I have been burned one too many times over the years after turning around too early and not giving the weather a chance to clear. So I grabbed my gear and headed out onto the trails around Artist' Point to scope out the situation. I knew that out west where the sun was setting the skies were clear and that if the clouds right on top of the area I was in broke up at all, I would be in for a treat. Needless to say, they did start to break up, and as the sun began to set in the distance, the clouds lit up with wonderfully beautiful light. And on top of that, the clouds continued to disperse and allowed for some awesome milky way shots later in the night.
Wayne Gretzky once said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take" and that quote can be just as apt at describing photography as it can hockey. Although you may not be successful on many occasions, the more chances you give yourself, the more likely you'll come away with a goal(or in this case, an image).
I ran into another pair of photographers who were arriving at the same time as I was, the husband and wife duo of Susan and Ron(www.susanholtphotography.com). They have a beautiful portfolio of incredible images and Susan offers awesome workshops in Yosemite. It was a pleasure to talk and shoot with them and help distract from the 30 degree temperatures! Definitely check them out if you get the chance!
Here are the photos from the evening in chronological order, with decreasing clouds all the way through.