It’s Trivia Tuesday, so here’s a little bit of trivia about “The Mountain.” Mount Rainier is an “episodically active” volcano and the most-glaciated peak in the Lower 48. The indigenous people named this mountain Tahoma or Tacoma, but it’s present-day moniker was bestowed upon it by one Captain George Vancouver, after sailing into Puget Sound in 1792. He named it after his buddy Peter Rainier. Mount Rainier National Park is America’s fifth national park.
Looking at this image might cause you to think I’ve deliberately oversaturated it. Nope. I can honestly tell you that for 20+ seconds, the sunrise colors are indeed this saturated. You have to work quickly to catch the scene, because as quickly as the colors appear, they disappear and are replaced by regular sunlight which turns the snow on the peak blindingly white and risks overexposure of a photo.
See that tiny person standing at the edge of Tipsoo Lake, in the lower center-ish portion of the shot next to the tree? That gives you an idea of the majesty of the landscape: One Big Mountain, One Teeny Person.
This sunrise shot was captured one fine autumn morning, a few months after I’d moved from Texas to Washington state. It’s early summer as I post this photo, and if you were to go there now, the lake would be mostly covered still in ice and snow.
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Photo ops are found everywhere you walk along the trail at Schwabacher Landing
Everybody who visits this national park should make it out to Schwabacher Landing. Mornings provide wonderful light and still waters, but a visit anytime of the day is probably great for photos, I believe. The only warning I give is that the road down there is unpaved, with potholes and uneven surfaces. I carefully maneuvered my loaded Honda Fit along the road and made it in and out with no issues, but I thought I’d mention this, anyway. The parking lot, such as it is, doesn’t have much room to it, so you need to be careful there, too.
Once you are parked, just follow along the trail. Everywhere you look is a wonderful photo op.
Yellowstone National Park is such a large park, and so much more than geysers and wildlife. Really. Sure, all of us who visit this place get the iconic shots – well, if there is parking. And of course, it goes without saying, wildlife shots are always a draw. But, if you are in Yellowstone, even for just a day, try not to overwhelm yourself with trying to get those geyser and bison/wolf/bear shots. You might not be able to, you know. Instead, concentrate on what you observe around you, like this lovely little lake I saw through the trees shortly after entering the south entrance of the park. This image is also a nice example (although I didn’t do it deliberately), of a leading line, where the glassine waters and shoreline reflections lead the eye from the front of the image, to the back. This vertical shot also looks much better for that leading line effect than the horizontal one I also captured.
A serene morning at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
I’m all done with my national park portion of my road trip move from Texas to Washington State. I’ve visited 5 national parks on this trip and have come away with some stunning photos (imo). I’m in Bozeman, Montana, visiting friends and will leave tomorrow to continue on to central Washington. It’s been an awesome trip, so far, but I’m ready to see the end of the road (literally).
Here is an image I captured one early morning at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park. No visit is complete without a stop in this area. Be warned, though. Except for a very short portion of paved road, the rest of the route is a gravelly, bumpy, potholey drive to the parking area. And it’s best to arrive in the morning, not only for lovely lighting but to beat the crowds (if you visit in the summer). Do walk along the trail as far as you can, because there are many views with still water and mountain reflections all along the way.
I had published a post of my morning at this place and figured that was pretty much it. But as the afternoon then early evening progressed, I saw the day was still sunny and dry, the skies clear, and the clouds were amazing. So I hopped in the car and arrived back at the refuge by 5PM and proceeded to spend a couple of hours there.
The neat thing about this place is that it’s a bit out of the way for the Houston metro area, so there were very few people there, both during the morning the day previous, and especially this evening the day after. I saw a couple bicycling down the gravel road, and one other birder couple out with their binocs. And that was it.
This image was captured back at the refuge center. I was essentially looking directly at the sun. I had a circular polarizer on my 16-35mm lens, and also used a 4×6 Lee 4-stop grad filter which I handheld in front of the lens (rather than use a square filter holder, which I don’t own, I just put the filter flush with the lens and move it up and down accordingly. Works for me.)
This is a view of Big Slough, looking toward the Big Slough Trail. *This* time, I remembered to use some bug wipes and I had absolutely no problem with the mosquitoes at all.
This is a funky little shot, but since I like longhorn cattle (dunno why), I just had to capture this image. I attended an awesome barbecue recently at a north Houston home and my hosts have a gameroom (hence the neon squiggle in this photo) with a mirrored display case. I used my Canon 5D Mark II and 24-105mm lens. It’s my all-purpose lens that I use for almost everything, but it’s not a fast lens, so I had to bump up the ISO to get this shot in the dim interior lighting of the room. I then used a little noise-reduction software.
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