A Visit to Mount Rainier National Park

I recently paid a visit to Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. I had been waiting until the meadow wildflowers were in full bloom. I was not disappointed. I visited on a weekday, as it is not wise to visit the park on a weekend during the summer tourist months. Waiting lines to get into the park can be up to an hour. Parking lots at the Paradise area fill up very quickly. The locals (me being one of them) know this all too well. Once the Labor Day holiday is over with, traffic into the park will settle down dramatically.

I spent most of my time at the Reflection Lakes area of the park, located along Stevens Canyon Road. Early morning hours are the best times to get some nice photography shots of the mountain from this area. The sun position will be in your favor, and the water surface will be calm enough to permit a beautiful reflection of Mount Rainier. I was more interested in the wildflowers along the shoreline and composed my photos so that I included them as much as possible. Pink Fireweed and Rosy Spirea are in abundance this time of year. Pearly Everlasting is blooming as well.

Along the same road, there is a parking area to view the Nisqually River Valley. Many times, early in the morning, one can find the valley full of hanging clouds. This particular day, the clouds were hanging in the valley for most of the day, quite unusual for a summer day! Many park visitors will stop to observe the dramatic scenery when conditions are like this. Here are a few images.

The mountain itself was starting to be encased in clouds. I was able to snap one photo before heading up to Paradise, where it became obscured from view. I did manage to get a few shots of some of the glacier fields before it disappeared from view, completely.

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Prehistoric Botanical Exhibit

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, located in Tacoma, Washington, has a summer exhibit titled Dig It: Prehistoric Plants. It reminds me of a miniature version of Jurassic World. While walking through the conservatory, look down AND look up to find miniature dinosaurs randomly placed in the tropical foliage.  Beware the T-Rex! You might even spot a Triceratops or a Pteranodon! There’s even a photo-op area with a dinosaur mural as a back-drop. It’s great fun for the kids and for the kid in adults, too! The exhibit continues through August 11.

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Espying Mount Rainier Through the Clouds

Some days are great; some days not so great. I am referring to visiting Mount Rainier National Park and actually being able to see the mountain in its full glory. I always check out the live web cam first before heading out the door. A blue sky day is obviously a good time to visit the park, but sometimes certain types of clouds make for very interesting backgrounds for the mountain, especially wispy cirrus clouds and some fair weather cumulus clouds. One has to be very careful, though, when there’s lower level cumulus clouds around, because they tend to gather around the mountain summit, or rather I should say that the mountain attracts the clouds, creating some of the most bizarre cloud formations, such as this one with a tail.

As time went by, the clouds thickened, and they made for some ghostly shots with my camera. Every now and then the clouds parted just a tiny bit for me to espy the mountain. Here are some of the shots I was able to get off being patient with the clouds.

Finally, as the day wore, on the clouds thinned a bit, and the mountain once again began to show itself, and I was able to frame a shot that I was well satisfied with.

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Return to Heronswood Garden

A month ago I visited Heronswood Garden, located in Port Gamble, Washington. It was my first time visiting, and I had promised myself to return in a month to view changes in the seasonal blooms. All I can say is, wow! This is a most beautifully manicured garden. One can feel the love put into maintaining and caring for it. I even found another area of the garden I had missed the last time visiting. I hope you enjoy the images. If you live in the area, I highly recommend visiting the garden. It is open on weekends only, with limited visiting hours.

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Late Spring Blooms

Just when you thought spring blooms were over, up pops some of the most beautiful flowers of the season! Mid to late spring brings colorful blooms such as Wisteria, Lilies, Poppies, Peonies and more.

Paeonia lactiflora

Paeonia lactiflora

Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis lingholm)

Himalayan Blue Poppies

Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Calla Lily “Green Goddess”

Hosta Plants and Ferns

Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

Mountain Laurel (Spoonwood)

 

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