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The Wildflowers of Paradise


Hello everyone. I decided to make an impromptu visit to Mt Rainier on Wednesday. I had nothing better to do after getting home from work at 12:30am! So I drove hoping to capture a fantastic sunrise with wildflowers and Mt Rainier. Mother Nature had other ideas, like fog! So what is a landscape photographer supposed to do? Well I hunkered down and made the best of the situation and found little compositions of flowers, deer, bees....those to come a little later!


The clouds did finally part later in the afternoon as I was hiking the upper trails above Paradise on the south side of Mount Rainier. This was one of those gems of wildflower beauty that I was stumbling across all over the mountain! The wildflowers are looking very good this year! Another trip is in the works this coming Sunday. Any takers?


I also decided to run over to the Sunrise area of Mt Rainier, which is on the eastern side of the mountain for sunset. I was hoping that with all of the clouds and fog to get some killer light. Well that fizzled too. But I know know where I will be returning for a sunset shot! While hiking along the Silver Forest trail, I met a fellow photographer from Nebraska, Brett Nickeson . We got to talking and he chases storms out there in the Midwest. I would encourage you to visit his great photostream to see some examples of some spectacular clouds and thunderstorms.


I also did well at the Snoqualmie Depot Days this past weekend. Sold some prints and greeting cards. The biggest question I got over the weekend was when I was going to turn my Snoqualmie Depot image into a Christmas Card: I should have them ready by the end of September and will let everyone know.


This is a combination of three images (-2,0, +2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I then cropped in Photoshop, and applied a little "Dodge and Burn." Final run through in Lightroom to take down the saturation, some noise removal and sharpening.


Thank you for your views, comments and faves. I appreciate them. Hope everyone is enjoying these last few days of Summer before the unofficial end marked by the upcoming Labor Day holiday!


Please do not use my images on blogs or websites without my permission. All images are available for license and sale. Just ask. Thank you.


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Taken on August 22, 2012