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Mount Rainier Wild Flower Season – Paradise at Sunrise

13 Aug

Mount Rainier is one of the top destinations in the Northwest during the summer season. The wildflower season is much anticipated and short lived. On sunny, warm weekends, the traffic is lined up for miles to get into the park (think of the drive through Currituck to the Outer Banks on a Saturday afternoon during July).

For the past two years, our summer has come later and later, therefore the wildflowers are blooming later and later (in case you didn’t know, it takes a while for a glacier to melt!) This past weekend, I met up with a group of photographers and headed out at 3am (the 1:45am alarm came way too early)to hit Mount Rainier at sunrise.

We beat the traffic up to Paradise but only because we might be slightly coo-coo. We were heading out for the day just as all the bar hoppers were headed home to crash.

While everyone was turned toward Mount Rainier, I looked backward over the waterfall and saw this:

The wildflowers weren’t at their peak yet so most of the flower shots below were taken on the drive down, along the sides of the road. Luckily the park service has accounted for random stops and created extra pull out areas and parking spots for us photographers who can’t wait to jump out of the car and get a few shots off.

This is the waterfall featured in the shot above – just further down the mountain.

Thanks to Sharon, I have a few shots of me in action too 🙂

And the resulting shot:


Tulips 2012

14 May

In April, the girls and I took a trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Afterward, we ate a delicious breakfast at the Tulalip Resort Casino‘s Eagles Buffet. We were probably the youngest bunch in the whole crowd but the food was delicious!

PS Thanks, Mandy, for breakfast – I drove us 2 hours north before realizing I didn’t bring my purse! Oops!

Then we walked some of the calories off at the outlet mall.

The last two photos are from Mandy – group photo time!

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Signs of Spring – UW Cherry Trees 2012

20 Apr

A few weekends ago, Rico and Catalina joined me on another photo excursion. This time to the University of Washington. It’s the first time I’d been on campus – I can’t believe how big it was! Much bigger than UNC-Greensboro! And steep! Pushing a baby stroller up to the campus from the parking lot – not fun 😦 But it was worth it to see these gorgeous trees 🙂

Flowers {Nature Photographer}

2 Mar

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