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Painted by Tatoosh

There’s something incredibly peaceful about seeing a field of wildflowers in front of giant mountain ranges, so obviously I wanted to travel to see some of this. Willie and I arrived at Mt. Rainier National Park in August hoping to find carpets and carpets of wildflowers. We didn’t quite find them but we did find nice patches of flowers, like this one.


We spent the better part of 2 days hunting around the Paradise Valley area of Mt. Rainier National Park and the lupine and Indian Paintbrush were the two most common flowers we found. In this particular field, we found a nice picture of the two plant types while the Tatoosh Range loomed in the background.


We found this field high up on Mazama Ridge, a beautiful area of rolling hills and fields of flowers. It looked as if some of the Lupine was already dying and the Indian Paintbrush would only last a few more days. I snapped the photos of the flowers at sunset, surrounded by thousands of mosquitos (man, a face net would have been helpful!) and then snapped the sky some hours later once the sun had set and the bugs had gone to bed. While we didn’t get to see the massive number of flowers we had hoped for, the fields we did find were still absolutely gorgeous!


Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:

22mm, f/13, 1/3 sec, ISO 100


Viewed best nice and large


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Taken on August 3, 2016