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Morning Glory (Sunrise at Reflection Lake Mt Rainier HDR)

Wow! Highest Position Explore #20 September 8, 2011 Thank You!


Another one of those sleepless nights saw me heading out for sunrise at 2:00am! Good thing I left when I did as I had to drive the EXTREME long way around just to get to Paradise by sunrise! I almost missed this light show this morning.


They are doing some roadwork on Steven's Canyon Road, so you cannot get to Paradise from the east. You must come in from the west, from the Longmire side! Well I had to drive all of the way around through Packwood and Mineral! Talk about a marathon drive. I am just glad with all of the hiccups, I still made it to Reflection Lakes for sunrise.


The mosquitoes were definitely out in squadrons this morning. Fortunately I was bundled up with long pants and long sleeve shirt. I sprayed my face, neck and hands with the Off repellant, and for the most part I escaped serious bitage! There were quite a few other fellow photographers that were out this morning and they all had their various means of protecting themselves! We all were scrambling for our different spots where all of the "Pretty" flowers were! I was running all over the place trying to find a nice clump together. One fellow photographer struck the mother lode, but it required him to lay on his back to set up his tripod!


I did not have to lay on the ground, just sit on it for this image which is comprised of three exposures (-2,0,+2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then did some burning of the shadows in the foreground, removed a couple of dust spots, and ran through Topaz Adjust to bring back some of the detail. Added a bit more contrast and clarity in Lightroom, then added a slight vignette.


Thank you for your views, comments and faves. I appreciate them. I walked around Paradise, and really looks like it may be about another week and more flowers will be open. There are a lot of lupine blooming, but the Indian Paintbrush still have a little more to go. I only spotted one Avalanche Lily that was still blooming. The time for those is pretty much past. So that is the Paradise wildflower report. Will be watching some of my fellow Flickr friends posts and expecting wildflower updates! Just to think that the lake looked like this back on July 10th:


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Taken on September 8, 2011