Sunrise Panorama

Panorama taken near the road to Sunrise in Mt. Rainier National Park. From left to right the names of the prominent peaks are: Tamanos Mountain, the Cowlitz Chimneys, Goat Island Mountain, and of course, the lower parts of Mt. Rainier. This was just after I had learned how quickly the weather can change – within 5 minutes the Sourdough Mountain ridge at Sunrise had completely been overcome with clouds and the temperature dropped dramatically. This was pretty much the last glimpse of Mt. Rainier from Sunrise that day.

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

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Mt. Rainier from Sunrise

View of Mt. Rainier from Sunrise Park Road (maybe half way between Sunrise Point and the Sunrise Visitor Center). Was not too many minutes after I took this shot that Mt. Rainier was completely enveloped in clouds. This is likely categorized as a Lenticular cloud (Altocumulus lenticularis).

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Picture Frame Falls – Mt. Rainier National Park

I have just returned from my second journey to Mt. Rainier National Park. Luckily this time the weather held and I enjoyed nice days for the vast majority of my trip. I even managed to get up to Sunrise this time out.

This second trip at the end of September 2009, I returned to this spot where the road inside Stevens Canyon crosses Stevens Creek. Apparently there is no official name for this waterfall though I see it called Picture Frame Falls, or Stevens Fork Falls. No waterfall this time – apparently it is a spring melt phenomenon – which might explain the lack of official name. This is how it looked in early July 2009:

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Stevens Creek

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