This is the "west" and "largest" of the Reflection Lakes. What caught my eye was the crisp border between a calm lake surface and the bright green shore grass. I think the iron rich water content (see the orange along the lake's edge), must favor this particular flora. Mt. Rainier adds its presence to the mix of form and color in the skyline and in reflected image form.
Sunday evening I had taken a nice hike up the Paradise glacier trail.
Monday morning I returned to the park for some more sight seeing and
short hikes. These photos are from that Monday morning visit to the
park (3 Aug 09).
Photos from an evening (8.2.09) and a morning (8.3.09) spent in Mt. Rainier National Park on the Paradise side, enjoying the wildflowers, wildlife, and scenery - - while trying to dodge the heat, mosquitoes, and crowds. The mosquitoes got me - - even well covered with bug spray.
I hiked up to Sluiskin Falls in the evening of the 2nd and then took the Paradise glacier trail from the “Stevens Van Trump” trail “T”. I hike a mile along the trail and cross country on the ridge rim. With the exception of marmot and deer, I had that entire area to myself (evening winds kept the mosquitoes at a distance). Once back down along the Skyline section of trail, there were people everywhere. I arrived at my pickup truck, parked along the Paradise River, at dark.
I returned to the same area of the park early the next morning (Monday). Less people but the mosquitoes were “open for business” early. Still I enjoyed visiting many of my favorite places in the area, taking photos, and a few short hikes. These photographs are from the evening and the early morning visits to the park.