Narada Falls Panorama Mt. Rainier National Park

Panorama of Narada Falls on the Paradise River in Mt. Rainier National Park. At approximately 1390 meters (4560 feet) in elevation the small hike there seemed a bit steeper than it was. I passed a few people who were gasping on the trail. The lower falls pictured here drop about 57 meters (188 feet).

8 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 11mm

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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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Whatcom Falls Park

Edit: This is a very old post. If you are looking for much better (newer) photographs of Whatcom Falls Park – visit my new blog post: Whatcom Falls Fall Foliage Colors.

About a month ago I once again travelled down to Bellingham to Whatcom Falls Park. I had planned on taking a few pictures there then moving onto Whatcom Lake, which I had never actually seen. However, as I have written about before, my battery had other plans. These are among the few shots I managed to take before the battery death.

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Batteries do no good if left IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY.

whatcomfalls A few weeks ago I went on an epic photo journey through Manning Park, Princeton, Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops and the Fraser Canyon. Before I embarked on the PhotoJourney™ I thought it wise to purchase a spare battery. Having haggled a local drugstore down from $160 to $80, which I was quite happy with, I was set. I recently purchased a new Canon lens with Image Stabilization which is rumored to decrease battery life. While I took 650 pictures (many using the IS lens) I did not require the use of my new battery. The question was then – how long can I go before I need to swap out batteries?

The following weekend I went on a quick trip across the US border to Whatcom Falls Park. I saw that the battery indicator was showing about 1/2 of its strength, which means it is almost dead. I still wanted to see how far I could go before swapping out with my spare battery. On the bridge I took about 15 quick pictures before the battery finally died. Nice – about 700 shots per battery!

I reach into my bag to take out the spare. I couldn’t immediately find it. It must be in this flap… or this pocket or…. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I actually told my bag NO in dramatic enough terms to elicit attention from passersby.

Somehow the drive back to the border and home seemed longer than it should have.

At least I got a good shot of the waterfall. Handheld for 1.6 seconds! Image Stabilization works pretty darn good I’d say, though I think I’m pretty lucky to have this shot turn out.