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A Few Images From Paradise At Mount Rainier

The Tatoosh Range just after sunset – from Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA

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Sunset over the Tatoosh Range from Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park

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   I recently caught up on a bit of my photo editing backlog and have now added just over 50 new photographs to my Mount Rainier National Park Gallery in my image library. I have published a few of those images in previous blog posts, but I thought I would share a few more from the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park here.

   It’s not easy being a Marmot! While I was relaxing on a rock waiting for better light along the Golden Gate Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, I saw this Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata) doing the same. Well, it probably wasn’t waiting for better light, but relaxing after a hard afternoon munching on lupine foliage and gathering nesting material. It clearly knew I was there, but didn’t seem to care at all. Probably was used to people along a relatively busy trail in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier.

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A Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata) relaxes on a rock along the Golden Gate Trail in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, USA

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   You can spot the deer, you can get in position to photograph them as they move through the wildflower field, but you can’t make them look at you! A pair of Black-tailed Deer (Odocileus hemionus columbianus) were nice enough to amble right past me in the wildflower fields on the Golden Gate Trail above Paradise, but never once glanced in my direction. I even scuffed my feet in the gravel trail once… nothing. At least I know I wasn’t disturbing them.

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A Black-tailed Deer (Odocileus hemionus columbianus) foraging in the meadows near Edith Creek at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA

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   There is something I always enjoy about the combination of lush wildflowers (in this case mostly Broadleaf Lupines and some Pink Mountain Heather) and a waterfall. The mosquitoes thought so too!

wildflowers and an edith creek waterfall in mount rainier national park

Wildflowers surround a small waterfall on Edith Creek at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA

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   I have always found this angle of view on the Nisqually Glacier to be interesting from Ricksecker Point and other areas near Paradise. This time I photographed it from the Nisqually Vista Trail for an even better view. In this photograph you can see the icefall of the glacier and the terminus at the bottom, as well as the very beginnings of the Nisqually River from the melting ice.

terminus of the nisqually glacier and icefall on mount rainier

Terminus of the Nisqually Glacier on Mount Rainier

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You can see even more photographs from the Paradise area in my Mount Rainier National Park Gallery.

Mount Rainier Wildflowers – Edith Creek

Wildflowers surround Edith Creek just above Myrtle Falls in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, USA

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Mount Rainier Wildflowers and Edith Creek (Purchase)

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  Last week I was photographing in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, USA. Having worked my way down the Golden Gate Trail I was running out of good light options for the wildflowers, Tatoosh Range and Mount Rainier itself. There was a big cloud in the sky near Rainier that was lit up bright purple but I wasn’t able to find a composition that worked with it. I jogged (causing some tourist curiosity) down to Edith Creek just above Myrtle Falls to see if I could get this interesting light reflected in the small waterfall there. The photograph above is the result. This 25 second exposure was one of only two that I made (second one was vertical) before the lights were shut off and it was over for the night. Sometimes it does pay to hurry!

Tatoosh Range Panorama from Paradise

The Tatoosh Range in Mt. Rainier National Park from Paradise.

28 exposures stitched, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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Paradise Panorama

Paradise fall colour above the Paradise Inn.

2 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23mm

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American Flag at Mt. Rainier National Park

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alpine aster aster alpigenus edith creek paradise valley

eagle peak of the tatoosh range

Paradise – Mt. Rainier National Park

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Paradise Valley Spring Panorama

Panorama of Paradise Valley in Mt. Rainier National Park.

14 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm.

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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)

nisqually glacier on mt rainier lupine lupinus latifolius pinnacle peak tatoosh range

mt. rainier castle pinnacle peak tatoosh range