|Flower meadows along the Naches Peak loop at|
Mount Rainier National Park.
At Mount Rainier, the flower show arrived a couple weeks ago in typical fashion - by beginning their tour on the east side of the park around Tipsoo Lake and Sunrise. While these areas are no longer in peak, others are! Try a hike up to Spray Park or Indian Henry's Hunting Ground or simply enjoy a short walk/hike around Paradise or Mazama Ridge. Now is the perfect time!
Please remember to be respectful of the meadows. The growing season is so short that even the lightest of tread can cause irreparable damage. As my kid's patches used to say (handed out by the National Park Service), "Don't Be A Flower Stomper!"
This year is even crazier than most. I spent a weekend morning at Sunrise photographing a couple weeks ago. When I arrived back at the parking lot shortly after 7 am, it was already full. By 8:30 am, the entrance was already closed and there were cars lined up for a quarter of a mile! (By comparison, I came up the very next day - a weekday, and it was quite the opposite). With this increase in traffic comes an increase of pressure on such fragile environments, which we all should be cognizant of.
|Flower meadows at Mount Rainier.|
Anyway, back to the flowers! Lupine, paintbrush, asters, common cow parsnip, false hellebore, and so much more! Or, maybe you know them as the red ones, purple ones, yellow ones - that's alright too! The importance is the enjoyment!
If you would like to see more images from this area, feel free to visit my Mount Rainier Gallery.
As always, thanks for looking!