Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Recent Visit to Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier reflected in the still water of Upper Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Cascade range, Washington, USA.
Mount Rainier reflected in Upper Tipsoo Lake before sunrise.
I spent this past weekend up at Mount Rainier, enjoying the opening of Sunrise for the season.  Hooray!

Snow is melting fast, and flowers are only weeks away on the north side of the mountain.  But why wait for flowers when scenes like this present themselves?

This image is from Upper Tipsoo Lake.  I arrived at 3:30 am (yes, you read that correctly) in hopes of doing some star photography.  Unfortunately, the half moon in the sky had me casting shadows on the snow, and washed out all stars over the mountain.

So I sat and waited for sunrise.

While I waited, I composed this image as the Earth's shadow with it's classic blue and pink colored ribbon, reflected in the calm water of the lake.  It was a very peaceful and serene setting, making the early hour worth while (as always).

To see more images from Mount Rainier, please visit my Mount Rainier Gallery.

Thank you for visiting.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely picture. I have often visited Tipsoo lake area but never found this exact location. Can you please explain me the exact directions to this location. Do I need to hike up the Naches Peak Loop trail on the right side of the 410 highway while driving to Tipsoo lake from Seattle?