Every spring Mt. Rainier National Park glistens with wildflower blooms. Some years feature carpets of flowers while on years with a drier winter, only patches of flowers blossom. With all the rain and snow in 2016, Willie and I had high hopes that this years bloom would be large. We booked flights and a campsite and off to Washington we went.
When we arrived and the fun finally came up enough for us to see the flowers, we realized this wasn’t quite the carpets of flowers that we had come for. We found beautiful patches of color and used these for a number of photos. While hiking around, though, we did find a ridge that was riddled with lupines.
Mt. Rainier is known to make its own weather. A clear blue sky might turn the next minute into gorgeous clouds. That’s exactly what happened on this evening, and luckily we had those lupine fields waiting in the foreground while the mountain lit up beautifully at sunset.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
21mm, f/14, 0.6 sec, ISO 100