About the Images:
The image of Mount Olympus above was taken during a September backpack to High Divide in Olympic National Park. I have climbed Mount Olympus several times, and it's always held a special place in my heart. This image was made possible by unseasonably late-blooming lupine.
2010 wasn't the strongest year for wildflowers, but I was still fortunate enough to enjoy a couple of evenings in Spray Park at peak showing. This is one of my favorite hikes in Mount Rainier, and always impresses me no matter the season. I was also fortunate to witness a bear grazing in the upper meadows, as well as a couple of mountain goat. The challenging part of evening photography is descending down to the to the parking lot in the dark - there is no camping at Spray Park.
Reflection Lakes might be the single most popular location for photography in Mount Rainier National Park. On this morning, I arrived at Paradise Meadows before sunrise, only to find the clouds as thick as pea soup. On a whim, I drove down to Reflection Lakes to take my chances. There were no views of the mountain, or anything else for that matter, for the longest time. Then all of a sudden, the clouds and fog parted to reveal our Pacific Northwest crown jewel, just moments before this image was taken.
Possibly the supreme flower gardens in Mount Rainier National Park are those at Paradise Meadows and Mazama Ridge. The displays can be breathtaking, and attract photographers from around the world. I have bumped into many well-known photographers here, and always enjoy the camaraderie. On this particular morning, I enjoyed shooting and exchanging beta with John Shaw, and later met Jamie and Judy Wild near Edith Creek.
Mount Shuksan reflected in Picture Lake in the North Cascades is one of the most iconic images from my state of Washington. It is located near the end of Highway 542, otherwise known as the Mt. Baker Highway. On any given fall weekend, photographers can outnumber just about anything else in the area. Best enjoy this scene on a weekday should you choose to visit. There are also many hiking opportunities in the area, including incredibly scenic Ptarmigan Ridge from road end at Artist Point. Better plan on spending the entire day here!
Finally, there is Mount St. Helens - a mountain that still impresses all these years after its violent period. This view is from near the Johnstone Ridge Visitors' Center. I left home in the afternoon under clear, sunny skies, but knowing that a system was forecast to move in sometime in the evening. As I drove south on I-5, a marine layer was busy pushing inland and I wondered if it would prevent me from shooting evening light on the mountain. By the time I arrived at the visitors' center, clouds mostly filled the sky. Though initially discouraged, I walked around and noticed an interesting light filtering through the clouds. I found this composition and set up shop. The skies grew dark and the mountain disappeared shortly after I captured this image. I guess this image is special to me mostly because it reaffirmed the importance of patience and persistence - two important ingredients in nature photography.
These poster prints will be in stock this coming week and available from my web site soon, along with my book Mount Rainier and the 2011 Mountains of Washington wall calendar. Check back very soon!
Update: These prints can now be viewed on my web site! They can be purchased for $12.95 ea., though the order form currently doesn't submit - hey, I'm working on it! Feel free to e-mail me if interested. If living in the Puget Sound area, I have an appearance coming up in a couple of weeks, which I will be announcing shortly - and you can buy them in person!