Kirkland photographer captures Lake Washington wildlife in new book
The Kirkland Reporter
A self-taught photographer, Aaron Baggenstos was surprised to find poisonous amphibians, vibrant orange and yellow western painted turtles, dragonflies and over 200 bird species right in his Kirkland backyard. But before he discovered his passion, the Western Washington University business alumnus was working a 9-5 office job several years ago. “I was just thinking to myself the whole time, this can’t be what life’s all about,” said Baggenstos, 27. So the Kirkland resident bought his first camera, left his job and went on a tour of Peru’s Amazon jungle. He was inspired by all the amazing wildlife he saw – scorpions, snakes, tarantulas and exotic frogs.