Mount Rainier Wildflower Alert

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Attention mountain wildflower lovers! The Paradise meadows at Mount Rainier National Park are in bloom. Everything is a bit early this year, as the winter was very mild. The summer blooms are mixing in with the spring Avalanche Lilies. Prominent blooms are the Magenta Paintbrush and purple Sub-alpine Lupine. Yellow Cinquefoil is plenty, too, as well as Bistort and Sitka Valerian. I noticed some clumps of  pretty, pink Heather still blooming, too. It appears that the Avalanche Lilies are fading away quickly now and probably won’t be around much longer with the very hot temperatures expected for this coming weekend. Most of them can be seen along the Nisqually Loop Trail and that vicinity of Paradise.

016Magenta Paintbrush mixed with Avalanche Lilies

017Meadow full of Magenta Paintbrush

045Magenta Paintbrush in foreground with purple Lupine directly behind

044Purple Lupine

028View toward the Tatoosh Range

Unfortunately, the mountain was playing hide and seek among the cumulus clouds that gathered about its summit. Ironically, the day started out with a clear, blue sky; but as the day wore on, clouds appeared about the summit and nowhere else. This is a very common occurrence, as the very high Mount Rainier creates its own weather. But certain types of clouds can make some very interesting shapes and make for some great photo images.

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Come on up to the mountain and enjoy the wildflowers! Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, bug repellant, wear your sunglassses, a hat, and take along plenty of water if hiking up the trails, and maybe some high-energy trail bars. As well, I highly recommend trekking poles, since the trails are quite steep. Have fun and stay safe!

 All photos property of Peggy A Thompson

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9 Responses to Mount Rainier Wildflower Alert

  1. UBSkyLine says:

    The depth of field here is great!
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  2. BriarCraft says:

    Thanks for the Heads Up. I enjoyed your photos and feel the urge to grab my camera and head for Paradise.

    • Glad you enjoyed the photos! Yes, head up to Paradise. There’s so much color! I’m sure the flowers will be there for quite some time and even more flower species will be popping up during the summer. I strongly recommend some insect repellant. Make sure to apply it to the tops of your hands. That’s where I always seem to get bit. Have fun!

  3. What glorious colours, Peggy! Beautiful shots!

  4. Gunta says:

    Wonderful shots. We were camping and kayaking around the Sisters area and the wildflowers were busting out all over.

    • Thanks! Yes, it’s that time of year! Although I checked with the Olympic National Park rangers today and asked about the wildflower status at Hurricane Ridge. Unfortunately, due to the very low snow pack this past winter and lack of water, the few wildflowers they had there have come and gone already. Practically a no-show this year!

  5. Thanks Peggy, for the tip on bug repellant, mosquitos specifically.

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