Paradise Valley in Mount Rainier NP

One of my favourite places in Mt. Rainier National Park, Paradise Valley. Seems there were some wildfires outside of the park to the East so a lot of my shots from this day had a lot of smoke and haze in them.

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Mt. Rainier Miscellany

A few more shots from Mt. Rainier National Park – Day one. The next day I was there earlier this year was cloudy – so no shots of the mountain. Good day for waterfalls though. A group of German tourists asked me how much further they needed to drive to see Mt. Rainier. We were standing in the parking lot in Paradise. Paradise is literally right next to the mountain, so I had to explain that it was likely they were not going to see the mountain that day. Disappointing would be an understatement. Im hoping my vacation window opening later this month allows for actual mountain viewing.

Lupine (Lupinus latifolius)

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Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier

Shot a bit of Mt. Rainier with my 100mm macro lens. Can’t help but think that when I get comfortable with the idea of spending the money on a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L I will have much better options on shots like this. Or at least thats one of the excuses I’m currently making while thinking about it.

These shots of the Nisqually Glacier area of Mt. Rainier are from a road just southwest of Paradise.

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Mt. Rainier & Nisqually Glacier

I love how I always see many photos of interesting clouds swirling around the summit of Rainier.

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View of Mt. Rainier’s Nisqually Glacier just down the road from Paradise.

4 exposures stitched – Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 30mm

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Mt. Rainier from Rickesecker Point

More shots of Mt. Rainier. These were taken on lookouts on the stretch from the Nisqually River Bridge to Ricksecker Point.

This is probably my favourite Mt. Rainier panorama I took from this point. Sadly the frame on the far left is missing… there was a large insect or something in the way of my lens at the time and it was unrecoverable. Still, I like the colours – I should get a polarizer on my other big lenses.

4 exposures stitched – Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM + circular polarizer.

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What follows is a lot of obvious option paralysis as to what shots to actually choose for inclusion here. I guess I’m just not in a mood to cull a lot today.

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Mt. Rainier – Longmire to Christine Falls

Edit (2015) : I have a new post of some newer photographs of the Longmire area.

Black Tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) near Longmire in Mt. Rainier National Park

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The Nisqually River is fed by the Nisqually Glacier on the southern side of Mt. Rainier. Heavy flooding in 2006 eroded the banks. I’m sure I would have wanted to be anywhere near the place when it crested.

Nisqually River just south of the Cougar Rock Campground. 9 exposures stitched – Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

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Nisqually River. 9 exposures stitched – Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

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The Wonderland Trail near the Cougar Rock Campground.

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Christine Falls – much more from here later.

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