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″)
As we approached Winfield from Hope Pass along the Continental Divide Trail, the clouds parted near the horizon and allowed a few rays of golden light to shine across the valley onto Emerald Peak, Mt Belford, and Mt Oxford.
Light on Ridge near Hope Pass, near Buena Vista, CO (12″x18″)
While in Colorado this summer, I helped a friend scout Hope Pass for the Leadville 100. Before stopping for lunch at the saddle (~12,500 feet elevation), I took this panorama to the west and north looking back down the valley towards Twin Lakes.
Trail to Hope Pass, Continental Divide Trail, near Buena Vista, CO (16″66″)
Blue ice, brown ridge, white snow, and sky near Heliotrope Ridge.
Coleman Glacial Ice and Ridge (1×1), Mt Baker Wilderness, WA (16″x16″)
I walked up the lateral moraine along Coleman Glacier and stopped to shoot a long-exposure panorama of the meltwaters flowing out of the snow and ice. I liked this composition because it captured the stream, house-sized seracs (chunks of ice in the middle of the panorama above the snow field), and Mt Baker peeking over the ridge and snow field in the background.
Meltwater and Coleman Glacier (#3, Color), Mt Baker Wilderness, Washington (16″x54″)
I am used to hiking to near 13,000 feet in Wyoming to get on blue ice, so I’ve been trying to take advantage of the relatively easy access to low-elevation glaciers in Washington State. A few weekends ago, I drove to Mt. Baker and hiked up to Heliotrope Ridge and Coleman Glacier. I stacked three horizontal panoramas to try to capture the full view of the crevasses, seracs, and ice falls, but it’s still hard to get a sense of the size of the mountain and flowing ice from a series of photographs.
Coleman Glacier and Mt Baker (#5, Color), Mt Baker Wilderness, Washington (32″x61″)
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″)
The sun began to shine through the top of the low-hanging cloud/fog being blown over the ridge, shooting beams of light between the tree trunks.
Sunlight through Foggy Forest, western Washington state (16″x44″)
More single-frame photographs of a stream along the Hoh River in Olympic National Park.
Hoh Stream (Single Frame #2, 2017), Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Hoh Stream (Single Frame #3, 2017), Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
Nearly 10 years ago, I took a rainy solo backpacking trip up the Hoh River in Olympic National Park. I remember photographing a stream surrounded by emerald green ferns and hanging moss. Late last summer, I hiked up the same trail along the Hoh River and tried to photograph the same subject (but from a new perspective, a decade later). Overcast conditions again provided diffuse light that allowed for even lighting during longer exposures.
Hoh Stream (Panorama #1, 2017), Olympic National Park, WA (42″x16″)
Hverfjall is a 1km wide tephra/tuff volcano in northern Iceland that erupted ~2500 years ago. I climbed to the lip of the volcanic crater and shot a series of photographs as I walked along the trail. Here are two of my favorite panoramas from the series.
Hverfjall Carter (#1), northern Iceland (16″x65″)
Hverfjall Carter (#2), northern Iceland (16″x70″)
We scrambled and boulder-hopped onto a small ridge above camp to watch the sun set over the Rincon Mountains. Rock Prow at Sunset, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (12″x18″)
A texture-focused photograph of the exfoliating bedrock and clouds east of Rincon Peak in southeastern Arizona.
Exfoliations and Clouds, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (12″x18″)
Just east of the Rincon Mountains and Mescal Road (Forest Road 35), a second, shorter series of hills pokes up from the desert floor. From a satellite view, I could see waves of rock with nearly parallel fissures running NW-SE through the hills. Sediment is draped over parts of the exposed bedrock like a blanket. This spring, we camped near a stream bed and spent the day exploring the landscape of shattered rock and high desert grass and cacti. I took a series of photographs of the exfoliating bedrock that appears as if it is shedding its old skin.
Exfoliating Rock Slab, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (16″x50″)
Exfoliating Rock and Clouds, east of Rincon Peak, AZ (16″x37″)
After visiting the Upper Tanque Verde Falls in February (see previous week’s post), I hiked up to the Lower Falls in March. The hike to the Lower Falls allowed for a bit of exploration and boulder hopping, but I preferred to photograph the clearly delineated cliff striations at the Upper Falls. After using an ND filter to make the water flatten out, I was able to walk away with at least one good panorama of the Lower Falls.
Glassy Water and Lower Tanque Verde Falls, near Tucson, AZ (16″x54″)
While photographing Tanque Verde Falls, the striations in the rock kept drawing my attention. I tried to get in close to the cliff face to use the striped rock to both frame the falls and lead the viewer’s eye towards the cascading water.
Striations and Tanque Verde Falls, near Tucson, AZ (16″x36″)
After taking a few photographs of Tanque Verde Falls from above, I tried to get below the falls to photograph the water from below. I made the main focus of the three-frame vertical panorama the small cascade at my feet, but I tried to capture the larger falls in the upper right corner of the composition.
Looking Up at Upper Tanque Verde Falls, near Tucson, AZ (16″x15″)
Last February, I took a late winter walk out to the upper portion of Tanque Verde Falls. After scrambling around on the rock shelves for a few minutes, I found a spot that allowed me to photograph both the cascading water and the striations in the cliff face.
Looking Down on Upper Tanque Verde Falls (color), near Tucson, AZ (16″x32″)
Looking Down on Upper Tanque Verde Falls (B&W), near Tucson, AZ (16″x32″)
I went for a January pre winter storm (in Tucson read: rainstorm) hike in the Tucson Mountains. Cactus spines and arms stood out in front of the approaching clouds.
Cactus Top and Clouds, Tucson Mountains, AZ (12″x18″)
Saguaro Cacti in the Clouds, Tucson Mountains, AZ (12″x18″)