Mt. Rainier

September 17th, 2010

At an elevation of over 14,000 feet Mt. Rainier is a dominating presence. On a clear day we can see it from our condo in downtown Seattle, 60 miles away. Folks in this neck of the woods refer to it simply as “the mountain” and weather is often described as a function of the mountain being “out” or not. Two weeks ago we decided to hike the Paradise section of Mt. Rainier to capture the wildflowers which bloom in August, after the snow melts. Up before dawn, we started the climb in the dark to capture the early light. It was a wonderful hike, one of the most beautiful I have ever experienced. And we were in the fields of flowers when the sun came up. Here is what we saw:

The next morning we greeted dawn at reflection lake:

Finally, the waterfalls, tiny in comparison to the mountain. Here is my favorite waterfall picture. Decided to go for a completely different effect here by processing in black and white.

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One Response to “Mt. Rainier”

  1. Vivian says:

    Oh Marilyn, these are breathtaking! Just spectacular!