Razor clam season draws thousands of harvesters to Pacific shores each year.
Clam Digging Razor clam season draws thousands of harvesters to Pacific shores each year. © All photography by Cameron Karsten.

Celebrating Our Connections to Washington's Lands and Waters

In Washington, our identity is shaped by rich resources and natural beauty. These photo essays celebrate our diverse connections to nature and the moments that speak to traditions while revealing our future.

Bounty

Across Washington, nature nourishes. We draw from the earth and its oceans for sustenance—to feed lives and livelihoods. However we enjoy our state’s vast bounty, we share a responsibility to respect and steward these resources.

Haven

From glacial mountaintops to old-growth giants, Washington’s nature offers dramatic departure from our daily lives. Whether we are hiking in the forest, cruising a lake, even a glancing out the window on a daily commute, the beauty of nature around us provides a canvas for reflection.

Legacy

When we see nature as a part of who we are, we are inspired to protect it. Only when we take care of nature, can we reap its greatest rewards. The ways in which we prize and conserve our environment define the legacy we will leave.

Human/Nature photo collection

  •  at T&T Orchards in Quincy employs about 50 workers each season, some of whom have returned for 20 years. Each harvester fills about 14,000 pounds of apple per day.

    Bounty

    Across Washington, nature nourishes. We draw from the earth and its oceans for sustenance—to feed lives and livelihoods. However we enjoy our state’s vast bounty, we share a responsibility to respect Join the Harvest

  •  enjoy Pearrygin Lake State Park in the Methow Valley. The campgrounds are a family favorite, boasting small beaches and lake access for boating, fishing and swimming.

    Haven

    From glacial mountaintops to old-growth giants, Washington’s nature offers dramatic departure from our daily lives. The beauty of nature around us provides a canvas for reflection. Explore & Escape

  • and California Bighorn sheep near Oak Creek in the Tieton Canyon.

    Legacy

    When we see nature as a part of who we are, we are inspired to protect it. The ways in which we prize and conserve our environment define the legacy we will leave. Meet the Stewards