I knew I was too late in the season to see any wildflowers but I wanted to go up to Mr. Rainier and watch the sunrise. Mount Rainier National Park has two sub alpine meadows you can drive to. One is called Paradise, the other, Sunrise.
Up at 4:15 and on the road by 4:45, I raced the run through the pre-dawn darkness toward my chosen vantage point (sounds dramatic!) At 6400 feet above sea level, the trees are a little sparse – much like the air. I arrived to a mostly empty parking lot. A couple campers, some tents even some people sleeping in their cars.
As dawn approached, people started stirring, I could even hear some alarm clocks going off, and everyone heard the one car alarm go off on accident.
Weather was perfect – the sun’s rays bathed the summit in a rosy pink, some clouds to the South breaking up an otherwise perfectly indigo sky. It was a beautiful morning.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF18-55mm @30mm. 1/170th @ f5.6, ISO 200
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Of the many hummingbirds in the neighborhood, this one seemed to be the most patient, posing on the clotheslines while I composed the shot. I was thinking that my musician cousin Claire might appreciate this.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm. 1/680th @ f5.6, ISO 200
Quick trip to see family in Idaho this month with a side trip into Grand Teton National Park. The weather was perfect for our picnic.
The hardest thing for me about editing this photo was trying to get the horizon straight. The trees rise gradually from left to right and they also seem to lean slightly to the right, so between the two it was a bit of a struggle to get it to look right.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF18-55mm @21mm. 1/320th @ f5.6, ISO 200
We are in California for a family wedding and the sun is setting on a totally different part of the horizon than what we see in the winter. Grabbed this snap a couple hours ago at the usual hangout for sunset photos – Hueneme Pier.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm. 1/420th @ f6.4, ISO 200
Went to visit my wife’s uncle – their backyard is a wonderland of plants. Packed the macro lens this time and had some fun seeing what I could see. This month’s image is an alpine geranium (I think). Which makes me wonder – if an alpine flower grows at sea level, is it still an alpine flower?
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Nikkor 55mm. 1/250th @f2.8 ISO 400