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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mt. rainier castle pinnacle peak tatoosh range

Mt. Rainier Wildflowers

A few wildflowers from Mt. Rainier National Park. Merten’s Bluebells (Mertensia paniculata) and a somewhat beleaguered Avalanche Lily (Erythronium montanum). A better version of this flower can be found in a previous post of mine. Next trip there will not be so rushed and I will likely have more of a chance to get the macro lens after these a bit more.

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avalanche lily erythronium montanum mertens bluebells mertensia paniculata

Paradise Valley, Mt. Rainier National Park

Panorama of Paradise Valley in Mt. Rainier National Park. 9 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

paradise valley panorama

A roadside wildflower. There were some wildflowers flowering in July, but not a lot. When I go back later in the summer there should be more – and (almost) no snow!

paradise valley wildflowers

Table Mountain – Mount Baker Wilderness

Tabletop Mountain from the start of the Bagley Lakes trail. I am going to venture further up this trail most likely in late August -as it was closed this early in June. The fact that I went down the hill on my butt for about 6 feet while trying to protect my camera made it clear why the trail was closed. These were taken just off the upper parking lot of Mt Baker Ski Area.

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subalpine buttercup bagley creek

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

More shots from the Mt. Baker Ski Area.

American Border Peak (2,794 feet (852 meters))

american border peak

Closeups of Mt. Shuksan and Shuksan Arm

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This little Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) at first made me think he was a rare opportunity but quickly proved to be rather tame – and not shy about begging for a handout.

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