I had the pleasure of shooting with fellow photographers Kevin Pieper and friends this weekend up at Mount Rainier. These guys really knew where to go, and I would have been lost without their experience of the area. Many thanks to those guys.
For this shot, we had to wake up at 3am and drive to the oppositte side of the mountain from where we were camping. Right before reaching the parking lot we noticed a dead black bear in the opposite lane, but didn't stop to take a look as we were running a little late... On the way back to the campsite, we were keeping a lookout for the bear and noticed 2 rangers on the side of the rode skinning it and decided to stop and chat with them a bit.
"We noticed it about 4:30am on the road", "oh yeah, did it still have it's feet at that time"? They then became a bit suspicious of us and asked us for some contact information. We pulled over and got out, and it turns out that the bear had been hit by a car, apparently shot in the head, and someone then chopped of all 4 of her feet. They weren't really sure of the order in which these things took place, and were very visibly quite disturbed about the whole ordeal. Once we told them we were just in the area photographing, they lost their suspicion of us. It was also a female bear that most likely had cubs...
This was taken on the last morning and the wind had kicked up a bit due to an incoming storm front. This killed our hopes for a nice reflection of the mountain. The clouds were pretty awesome though, and even though the flowers are moving everywhere, I still liked this one.