60 km long Whidbey Island, in Washington's Puget Sound, is separated from Fidalgo Island by Deception Pass. The pass was explored and named by British Captain George Vancouver in 1792. The highway bridge was completed in 1935.
Though water confined behind the island can exit toward the Pacific around either end, the island is long enough that the currents through the pass roil and churn enough to provide Class 2 or 3 kayaking conditions in major tide swings.
Nearly all the land in this pano is within Deception Pass State Park, the state's largest. We're looking from near Lighthouse Point on Fidalgo Island, across to the north end of Whidbey Island. The hills on this end of the island are solid rock, and Goose Rock, the hill just beyond the far end of the bridge, is bald and obviously striated by Ice Age glaciers. (Foreground forest hides the bald top.) Nearly all the remaining 55 km of island south of these hills, with all its forests, farms, and cities, is made of gravel scoured off these hills and left by the glaciers.
The pano is stitched by Hugin from an 18 x 2 array of 6MP photos from a tripod-mounted Canon Powershot S3IS.
As with all Panoramio photos, clicking the photo here will show it in all its original glory. It's 42 megapixels, so there's a lot to explore.
CHDK was used in the camera, just to display the precise focal length, to help me choose the angular distance between shots.
Nice job! I've seen an aerial radar photo of the island, on it you can see the striations and the deposits left from the glacier.
Great hugin work.
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Photo taken in Skagit County, WA, USA
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