Every winter, I try to make time to travel back to New Mexico to visit family around the holidays. I enjoy hiking up into the Sandia Wilderness area east of town to photograph winter storm clouds (and possibly snow) on the mountains. Around Christmas day (2018), I took a few panoramas of the approaching winter storm clouds off to the west over the city. More panoramas of the winter storm coming in the next few weeks.
Approaching Winter Storm Clouds (Colo#1, 2018), over Albuquerque, NM (12″x23″)
Panoramas of Mt Rainier from my hike up to Panorama Point from Paradise in October, 2018.
Rainier and Rocky Bluff, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x32″)
Rainier from Paradise (B&W), Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x40″)
My favorite part of the Paradise Loop trail was the less busy return (counter clockwise)- wonderful views of the Mountain, mossy streams, and rolling hillsides.
Rainier Path, Moss, and Stream, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x46″)
Rainier Path and Shadows, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x31″)
On one of the last clear weekends this fall, I took a hike around the Paradise Loop trail on Mt Rainier. I hadn’t been over to this side of the Park in clear weather- despite the crowds on the hike up to Glacier Vista and Panorama Point, the views of the glaciers and summit are spectacular (and the number of people dropped off on the east side of the loop).
Autumn Colors and Evening Shadows, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (17″x35″)
Rainier Path and Stream, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA (16″x55″)
After the fires this summer, views of Mount Sopris from Carbondale and the surrounding area were sadly hazy and smoky. A few evening rain clouds blew in over Sopris, but there wasn’t enough precipitation or wind to fully clear the air, leaving the views of one of my favorite mountains slightly obscured.
Sopris, Clouds, and Smoke, near Carbondale, CO (12″x18″)
Fortunately, on my last night in the area, the winds changed direction and pushed some of the smoke out of the region. It felt like I’d put on glasses- the view of Mount Sopris appeared crisp and well-defined as the setting sun cast a pink glow on the flanks of the mountain.
Sopris and Evening Clouds, near Carbondale, CO (12″x18″)
A single-frame photograph of the falls along the creek running out of Annette Lake in western Washington.
Humpback Falls (Single Frame), Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x16″)
After hiking up to Annette Lake and Silver Peak, I stopped at the falls along Humpback Creek to photograph the moss, rocks, and water. Clouds had moved in throughout the day, providing nice lighting for a few bulb exposures.
Humpback Falls (#1, Color), Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x32″)
Views from the summit of Silver Peak, Cascade Range in early June.
Silver Peak Summit (#1, B&W), Cascade Range, WA (16″x47″)
Silver Peak Summit (#2, Color), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)
In early June, I took a quick trip with a friend to summit Silver Peak in the Cascade Range. The first few miles followed well-maintained switchbacks to Annette Lake, followed by a steep bushwhack, a scree field crossing, and a final ascent up to a ridge on a snow field. The views from the ridge were worth the climb.
Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#1), Cascade Range, WA (18″x36″)
Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#2), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)
In early June, I took a quick hike from the White River camping area to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. A lenticular cloud was draped over the summit of the mountain, and the air smelled of pine and melting snow. This was my first visit to the park, and I was amazed at how large the mountain appears when hiking on its flanks.
Lenticular Cloud over Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Meltwater Stream in the Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, WA (12″x16″)