Pacific NorthWest from SouthWest
Taken from a early morning SouthWest flight while approaching Seattle's (SEA) airport. Early morning's golden sun lighting up Mt.Rainier and the Cascade mountain range.
Mount Rainier, or Mount Tahoma, as it is traditionally called, is an active large stratovolcano near Seattle, WA. It towers over the Cascade Range as the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and Cascade Volcanic Arc at 14,411 feet (4,392 m). It is the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range.
The mountain and the surrounding area are protected within Mount Rainier National Park. With 26 major glaciers and 35 square miles of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The summit is topped by two volcanic craters, each over 1,000 feet (300 m) in diameter with the larger east crater overlapping the west crater.
December 27 2009, Up in the air near Seattle.