A friend recently asked me what part of landscape photography excites me the most. The answer is complicated, because it’s always changing. At one point it was cityscapes, at another time it was seascapes, for a while it was epic mountain landscapes, and lately it’s been scenes with wildflowers. Willie and I had wanted to visit Mt. Rainier during wildflower season for a number of years, and we finally made that happen in August of 2016.
Wildflower season is interesting, because it happens at various times throughout “spring”. I say “spring” in quotes because in the mountains spring can be in August (like it was in Mt. Rainier). We didn’t quite get the giant carpets of flowers that we were hoping for, but we did see lots of flowers!
We happened upon this field of Indian Paintbrush and Lupine while walking around Mazama Ridge. It probably had the largest amount of flowers we had seen in one place in all of the park. I loved how the Indian Paintbrush ended and the lupine continued as far as the eye could see, until your eye crashes into the Tatooth Mountains, capping a beautiful scene!
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
24mm, f/13, 0.4 sec, ISO 100