Summer Snow at Mt. Rainier

It was a first: I visited a National Park and didn’t get one photograph of what I was there to see.

I’ve talked a little about what a strange Scamp this has been, with the entire West seemingly on fire and all. Smoke and intense heat in the early weeks made hiking and even camping (at Sequoia, where the smoke was so thick my eyes itched and chest felt tight) a challenge.

And then – rain. Rain, rain, rain, in Oregon and Washington. Yes! More, please!

I guess Mother Nature was listening and took my challenge to heart, because by the time I got to Mt. Rainier in Washington State she was like, Oh yeah? Sick of the heat? Well, how about this, in the last weeks of summer? What do you think of this, little miss photographer-on-a-mission-to-photograph-every-National-Park?

Summer Snow at Mt. Rainier

This is Louise Lake when the snow had just started coming down. I would have a photo of Mt. Rainier, up and off to the right, but it was hidden in clouds. As it was the entire time I was there. Sigh.

Summer Snow at Mt. Rainier

At this point I was thinking, hm. Maybe this shooting in the snow thing isn’t so bad. Look at those colors!

Summer Snow at Mt. Rainier

And then I couldn’t stop shooting that scene.

When I came down from the mountain and drove out of the snow, there was this:

Summer Snow at Mt. Rainier

It all made not actually seeing Mt. Rainier a bit easier to take.

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16 Comments

  1. Susan Carpenter Sims September 24, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    That second photo is absolutely incredible, one of the most magical I’ve ever seen.

    • deonne September 24, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Susan – Wow, thank you! That’s my favorite, too. πŸ™‚

  2. Sherry in MT September 24, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    I agree about the snow and you got the most awesome images! But then my favorite time to photograph is when there was some snow – which is why when it snowed up at Crater Lake 2 days before we arrived I was dancing with glee! LOL My brother (from Sacramento) and I both commented about the cold and rain last week – but it wasn’t 105 degrees and smokey so yay on all counts! πŸ™‚
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    • deonne September 24, 2015 at 10:13 am #

      Sherry – Yes, you saw much of the same landscape I did and it was gorgeous, wasn’t it? And thank you for the kind words, as always.

  3. Martha September 24, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    I think all the photos are simply gorgeous. I wish California would get rain and snow.

    • deonne September 24, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Martha – Ugh, I know what you mean, it’s really bad in California. But I’m glad you liked these photos, which I hope offered a refreshingly different landscape!

  4. oksana September 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    oh, your photos are simply delicious – thank you

    • deonne September 24, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Oksana – What a wonderful compliment! Thank you.

  5. Catherine September 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    As always, Mother Nature gets the last word!
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    • deonne September 24, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

      Catherine – She can’t be denied. πŸ™‚

  6. Manisha September 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow! Those colors are gorgeous. What a treat to experience that lovely snow.
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    • deonne September 29, 2015 at 7:07 am #

      Manisha – It was gorgeous! When I was shooting there was a couple from Ohio who were in shorts and t-shirts – they were so happy with the snow, they said they didn’t even feel cold. I was in a down jacket, since I wasn’t quite so distracted, ha.

  7. Bob September 29, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    Join the club. It may not be small either. :/ When I visited Ranier several years ago it was socked in. Shrug. Sounds like your lemonade thinking cap is on right though. πŸ˜‰

    • deonne September 29, 2015 at 7:08 am #

      Bob – The elusive Mt. Rainier! Good to know and yes, the lemonade thinking cap was on tightly. πŸ™‚

  8. Michael Bradley October 22, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    Your work is fascinating. I feel like I’m on these hikes too. Looking forward to more beautiful images ( new camera! ) and delightful comments!

    • deonne October 23, 2015 at 7:20 am #

      Michael – Thank you for the kind words! It’s always my goal that the viewer feel like he or she is there with me, so it means a lot for you to say that. I can’t wait to get out there with the new camera and see how that changes the view! Soon.

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