SPECIAL EDITION!! Photo Finish–The Brothers Through the Year!

The Brothers are a prominent set of peaks in the Olympic Mountains. The south peak (on the left) rises to 6,842 feet above sea level while the north peak (on the right) rises to 6,650 feet. The peaks are 22 miles from where I live in Silverdale. The Brothers hold the distinction of being one of the most prominent and recognizable peaks in the Olympics, and can easily be seen from Seattle on a clear day.

The front of my townhouse faces west, and I look out at this mountain every day. I’ve watched the ever-changing show sunlight and weather casts across these peaks. Here’s a look at The Brothers as I’ve seen them from my house (with one exception in location) throughout 2020!

February 9, 2020: Thick clouds hid all but the twin peaks. 300mm zoom from my upstairs window. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
June 23, 2020: Mulit-image composite panorama of The Brothers seen from Scenic Beach State Park in Seabeck. Seabeck is a small village about ten miles from Silverdale. This view is still west; I’m only about ten miles closer here than when looking out of my upstairs window. (Digital Illustration by Nathanael Miller)
June 23, 2020: The same view as the preceding panorama, but this time with a 300mm zoom focusing in on the The Brothers. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
October 7, 2020: Early morning clouds and the breaking dawn compete for the Brothers. This is again from my upstairs window. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
October 9, 2020: Two days after the preceding image, an entirely different vista greeted me. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
November 30, 2020: Late autumn brings increasing snow packs to the peaks The Brothers. 300mm zoom from my upstairs window. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
December 10, 2020: Morning fog fills the valleys below the ridge and off across the sound towards The Brothers. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
December 11, 2020: Only 24 hours after the preceding image, winter weather again creates a new canvas across The Brothers. (Photo by Nathanael Miller)
Ok, this is my view. Multi-image panoramic view out of the Mountain Duck (my townhouse) west towards the Olympics as dawn breaks. The Brothers are centered perfectly as I look from my upstairs window. This is why I named the Mountain Duck the Mountain Duck; my little townhouse sees wonder every day. (Digital illustration by Nathanael Miller, 03 December 2020)

I’m going to miss this view when I move to Tennessee next year. I don’t know if or when I’ll be back to the Pacific Northwest, but one of the benefits of having lived a military life is learning how to appreciate the moments one has in such amazing places. Since joining the Navy in 1997 through retirement and to the present day, I’ve lived on a golf course; had a condo overlooking a tropical bay with perfect turquoise water; been in the heart of the historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown; and now live with a mountain view. You can’t complain about that!


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