Mt. Rainier Wildflowers 2010

Wildflowers and Tatoosh Mts: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II

With the start of the new academic year, Radiology has been keeping me quite busy over the past couple of months.  However, I wanted to make at least one trip to Mt. Rainier National Park this summer.  I recently read in the local paper the wildflowers were peaking late this year at Paradise.  So I headed out this afternoon with a friend to see what we could find.  We were not disappointed.  The ranger suggested the Myrtle Falls trail, an easy 1 mile jaunt from Paradise Visitor’s center.  We arrived late in the afternoon and witnessed fields of lush lupines and beautiful light on the Tatoosh mountain range.  Mt. Rainier was constantly playing hide and seek with the clouds, but we did manage to get a few glimpses of her before dark.  The opening image gives you an idea of how wonderful the lupines are up there.  If you haven’t already, I highly recommend a trip to Mt. Rainier before these beauties fade away.  Below are a few more shots from the trip.  I hope you enjoy them, and please feel free to leave comments.

Luscious Lupines and Tatoosh Mts.: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II

Myrtle Falls & Rainier: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Peak-A-Boo Rainier: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35 f/2.8L II

Rainier Before Dark: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II

This last images is of a Ptarmigan (AKA Partridge) which crossed our path:

Ptarmigan: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

19 Comments
  • Karen
    August 28, 2010

    Breath taking…
    they are gorgeous. You are so gifted….

    • Mahesh
      August 28, 2010

      Karen, thanks for the kind words…really appreciate it!

  • Larry maurer
    August 28, 2010

    That opening image is gorgeous!! Spectacular light.

    • Mahesh
      August 28, 2010

      Larry, thanks much! Ya, that opening image is my favorite of the bunch. I was scrambling to get to the correct spot to frame all the elements the “right” way.

  • vivek Manchanda
    August 28, 2010

    Awesome !

    • Mahesh
      August 28, 2010

      Vivek, thanks man!

  • Michelle
    August 28, 2010

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Mahesh
      August 28, 2010

      Michelle, thanks for commenting.

  • linda
    August 29, 2010

    Stunning! I’m gonna see if I can do that much of a walk with my cane. So very very glad I made my first purchase with you and have gotten to see your continuing captures of beauty.

    • Mahesh
      August 29, 2010

      Linda, thank you so much. I think the hike to Myrtle Falls and a little beyond is absolutely beautiful. If you make it up there, be sure to let me know how you liked it. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

  • Randy Lau
    August 29, 2010

    That first picture is awesome. Did you use automatic exposure bracketing for and then layering?

    • Mahesh
      August 30, 2010

      Randy, thanks for the comment! You’re absolutely correct. I exposure bracketed that scene and later combined them in Photoshop with layers to get the “perfect” overall exposure.

  • Rachael
    August 30, 2010

    I love the water before dark and the ribbons flowing down Myrtle falls. That’s what i want to be!

    • Mahesh
      August 30, 2010

      Rachel, thank you! Mt. Rainier is one of my absolute favorite places. I know exactly how you feel.

  • Stacy
    August 31, 2010

    Wow, beautiful. Mahesh, you really capture some of the essence of being there. I can almost smell the Lupine and earth aroma.

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Stacy, thank you so much. I smelled the lupines first hand. I think I might have enjoyed it more had it not been for my allergies. :)

  • Barb Michieli
    August 31, 2010

    I LOVE mt. Rainier!!!! Gorgeous shots, Dr. Thapa!

    • Mahesh
      September 1, 2010

      Barb, thanks. I had a feeling you’d like these.

  • Andi
    November 25, 2010

    These are just BEAUTIFUL..
    Breath taking

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