Billy Sullivan

Liz Hawkins


Stehekin Fence by Billy Sullivan

“When leaves loose chlorophyll, the hidden colors become visible as the nutrients flow into the roots for reuse in the spring.”
Cover photograph by Richard Uhlhorn

Billy Sullivan Photos - Lake Chelan Magazine

“The red color in the leaves is made by bright sun light and cold temperatures. Burgandy color is caused by a combination of red pigment and chlorophyll.”

Sunset behind Stormy Mountain by Timothy Oldfield

Maples by Richard Uhlhorn

Richard Uhlhorn Photographs

Peak colors for the North Cascade Mountains is normally mid-September to mid-October

The North Cascades Institute published an article in 200i9 that gives an excellent explanation as to why leaves change colors in autumn by Brandi Stewart.

Stehekin on my Mind

Kaitin Hetterscheidt accompanied the Lake Chelan Magazine crew in 2016 to Stehekin to film the fall colors. It was predicted that the colors would be at their peak during our stay - instead we were met with rain and clouds and colors that were less than what I have seen in the past. But it never matters what the weather is, you are always left with a deep impression of Stehekin and the North Cascades. This video has been shared on All Things Stehekin Facebook and has been a favorite. It deserves a second viewing!

Stehekin melts into a fall lull after the summer visitor season comes to an end. Leaf peeping may not rival the explosive colors seen in Vermont and other eastern states, but maples, larch, red vine maples can put on quite a display. - Billy Sullivan