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Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier
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Copyright: Joshua Lewis (JoshLewis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 2 N: 248] (909)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Exposure: f/4, 1/1300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 16:52
Viewed: 3445
Points: 18
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Mountain Rainier was looking very beautiful, the date was November 30, 2008 which was my last hike before the snow finally arrived to lower grounds. The summit in this photo has a mini linticular cloud. Besides resizing, no edits have been done to this photo.
Here's the Trip of Norse Peak:
I've been waiting all week for our next hike, which was supposed to be Jolly Mountain, but things change. Again I could'nt sleep well and only had 4-5 hours of sleep, slightly better than last time. Before the trip I was crossing my fingers about going because not only was the weather looking bad, but I would have to get a ride to the South were we would meet up. My mom would be too tired to get up at 5:30ish and Michael was sick the night before, but fortunatly my brother got better by morning. I grabbed all my gear and hurried out the door. Later at 7:00 A.M. I met up with EastKing and some other guy (sorry I forgot your name). The other guy that was with us drove us to the place, which we decided on Jolly, but as we were driving he had missed the turn and he said well now were doing Norse. He could have easily went back, and I asked him "You did that on purpose did'nt you" in a joking way, but he said "I'll leave that one unanswered"... because he was ealier talking about how he wanted to do Norse, but I truely believe that it was unintentional. As we were driving Rainier came into view through the clouds, which to me was amazing because it was foggy and cloudy and now new hopes for clearings came to mind. I really thought it was going to be stormy and windy, but my luck was in! As we drove it cleared up more and more until it was nearly clear, exept high altitude clouds.

We at first went to the wrong parking spot, but EastKing mentioned it being above and found it. We started the hike at a some what fast pace, and at the time I'm a bit out of shape, so I personally began to be tired very quick. "Oh no I thought to my self" If I'm this tired now, I'm in trouble when it comes summit time. Fortunatly EastKing decided to let me make the pace, and is very patient. The fog goes away with very little clouds as we go up. Also it gets easier, and the trail clears out to a view of Crystal Mountain, and a few others, and I was also suprised to see how green the trees were. The summit of Rainier startes coming into view, and wow is she beautiful! I can't wait to climb it, and those clouds that keep being produced by the snow, it's such an incredible site, especially because we had one of the best views as we went up. As we went up, I could'nt help but stare at Rainier's wonders, how big it was, how snowy it was, how glacier covered it was, and it's incredible beauty put me in a sorta trance, I just wanted to go there so bad, and the thought of having to wait over half a year... not often am I impatient, but a mountain like that keeps me dreaming. The trails later becomes what feels almost flat, and it's as if they are trying to make it longer, which I thought they should perhap fix this. Not that It's super tiring or anything but it gets old hiking on flatish like stuff. Not that I don't like the gentle slopes either, but you know, they could have made it a bit more terrain feeling to the trail at this part. My friend Mark like scrables and some day climbs, but seems almost as if he does'nt like hiking, and me personally I like it all! Hiking you get the feel of nature, and scrambling and climbing you get the thill and great views. At least I got to have a nice break and take a few bird shots before our summit ridge.

The summit ridge soon came into view, which was exiting, and me and EastKing went on top which was off the trail while the other guy took the trail which seemd kinda not as good when it comes to views. On the last part of the ridge I run down the false summit and up and hike up to the top as fast as I could, because at this point I very much wanted to get to the top, plus I did this for the thrill. I was to tired to yell in exitement at the summit becuase I was very much out of breathe. But the view was wonderful, with what felt like endless mountains. But this dos'nt compare with Magellan's hike which was Tiger Mountain, wow, he must have had such an incredible experience. We could see most of Rainier down the East Side with its valley, and Mount Adams, a little bit of St. Helens, distantly Moun Hood, and many others with Stuart. Many of them were distant, but it still had it's awesomeness to it, like how Mount Adams bottom part was glowing, and Rainier still making Lenticular Clouds and it was crazy how it would get barried in clouds and reopen up. After eating and taking lots of photos and making a few video's after a hour or so we started heading down.

It was so much nicer going down, although a glissade would have been nice, there was hardly any snow, although a few patches were my ice axe was nice to have. On the way down I kept getting head aches and was dizzy, perhaps from not drinking enough water, but I later felt as though it acually felt getting hard for me, not that it was'nt tiring before, but like I felt like on a break that I would pass out. Fortunaly I had some more of my water and made it down and took a last glance at Rainier before we headed home. Once again a awesome hike! I can't wait for next weeks Hiking Adventure!

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To joey: Thanks Joey!JoshLewis 1 02-13 16:16
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-15 18:00]
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Fantastic shot Josh,
Almost looks like a 3D effect. The shadows and lighting give wonderful texture to the image. Love the composition, and your exposure is right on the money. Sounds like your having a great time hiking up these majestic mountains. TFS.

Sounds like you may have had some elevation sickness. It can be serious Mount Rainier and Mount Hod are not mountains to be taken lightly. The weather can change quickly and trap hikers in any season.

It is a nice image with already a lot of snow. The clouds are interesting.

Take care!

Evelynn ; )

Hi Josh!

This is certainly the most beautiful picture you have posted on TrekNature. I just love it! The mountain is superb, and the colours are so delicate. The clouds and their shapes add to the value of the picture. It's fascinating and exciting and awakes deep emotions...

Kind regards


Hi Josh!

Imaged well this beauty, with lots of details in it! I've been here once as high as you can go by car, but we couldn't see anything from up there - clouds too :) But anyway it was wonderful and to see it in full snow cover is superb too. Wasn't there some nice waterfall on the way up or am I mistaken, it was like 12 years ago or so :) But I'm sure it was very cold up there for summer and hours to reach the watchtower from where you could watch the cloud from inside :). I like your detailed notes too, it was nice to read all over! TFS!

Best regards,

Hello Joshua! Excellent mountain. Amazing winter scenery. Nice lightness and colours. Good sharpness. Original work. Well done!

A heavenly image Josh...It has a lot of symbolism...My son can see it from their kitchen window at home in Renton...beautiful image...oh yes...my son or one of the 6 boys, my son Chris took the 10 day walk around this mountain...It was QUITE the journey with 3 other physical therapists in his group...wow! I love it..this is still considered an active volcano..and the biggest problem according to USGS is mud slides...Fine image showing exactly how fast this snow would turn to mud and water...wow!

Hi Joshua,
A few years ago we did a hunt to see the summit of Mt. Rainier but never got a very clear view of it untill we were flying back home. Your view on the magnificent mountain is great. The clouds hugging the summit are great. I like the details you managed to capture in the snow and ice a lot. I did check the histogram of your photo and noticed a gap of no information in the highlights, indicating the under exposure. Its best to move the highlight slider toward the information and stop just before you get to the bulk of it.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-17 14:46]
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Very impressive shot, Josh!
The cloud formations are amazing.
Excellent clarity.
Great tones.

Well done,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-02-24 15:10]

Hola Josh.
I have visit You Gallery, You have an excellent photos, all of them are in a high quality lavel. They are absolut beautiful.
This one in particular call My atention, it is a great photo.
Many thanks for Your critiques, and I will visit more often.
Your friend

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