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″)
I stopped to photograph Hayes Creek Falls along Colorado-133 (south of Carbondale, just west of Mount Sopris). Water was barely trickling over the Falls, so I crossed CO-133 and shot a few bulb exposures of the water flowing around the rocks in the Crystal River. Hoping this area recovers from drought and fire season.
Crystal River (Bulb Panorama), near Bears Gulch, CO (16″x54″)
Crystal River (Bulb Single Frame), near Bears Gulch, CO (10″x18″)
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″)
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″)
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″)